He is supposed to be serving, protecting and defending the interests of the country, flag and the American people but undercover FBI agents unearthed his betrayal. An American soldier has been charged for trying to give material support and share military secrets to ISIS.
Sergeant military air traffic controller Ikaika Erik Kang is accused of trying to pass military documents classified as “secret”, giving away a drone and providing training to people who he believed were ISIS supporters. In truth, they were undercover FBI agents.
Kang is also said to have sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and self-declared leader of the extremist militant group ISIS.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Kang’s crimes allegedly happened in Hawaii where he was stationed from June 21 to July 8 2017. Kang will face a full trial, and a preliminary hearing is set to take place in Honolulu on Monday. Kang will face four charges of providing material support to a “foreign terrorist organization”, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count, plus a maximum fine of $250,000 for each crime deemed to have been committed.
The FBI and the US Army Criminal Investigation Division investigated Kang and his activities for a year, with undercover agents posing as members of ISIS. He was finally arrested on July 8.
Kang’s lawyer, Birney Bervar, said Kang was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that the U.S. army had failed to address. The air traffic controller had served on tours of Iraq in 2011 and Afghanistan in 2014.
Kang assisted the terror group in buying a drone. He is also accused of giving military clothing and equipment to the undercover agents. He also allowed himself to be filmed giving training on weapons and combat techniques, which the terrorists would use as training videos for their people.
President Donald Trump promised during the campaign that he will be tougher in dealing with the terror group, air strikes carried out against ISIS and its affiliates have indeed increased since he took over the White House. The U.S. is leading an international coalition against the terror group.
The coalition-backed Iraqi army gained a major breakthrough earlier this month by recapturing the city of Mosul, ISIS’ last remaining city stronghold in Iraq.
Coalition efforts including bombing have also focused on ISIS strongholds in Syria and Somalia but have also targeted militants in Yemen and Somalia.