U.S. Army Soldier Ikaika Kang Arrested for Trying to Aid ISIS: Here’s What We Know So Far

U.S. Army Soldier Ikaika Kang Arrested for Trying to Aid ISIS: Here’s What We Know So Far

U.S. Army Soldier Ikaika Kang Arrested for Trying to Aid ISIS: Here’s What We Know So Far

As reports trickled in stating ISIS had been thoroughly rooted-out of Mosul, news broke late yesterday of a disturbing arrest over the weekend. After over a year of FBI surveillance, U.S. Army soldier Ikaika Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team Saturday night on terror charges associated with allegedly trying to provide material support to ISIS:

Sergeant First Class Ikaika Erik Kang (Photo Credit: Hawaii News Now)

A criminal complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii alleges that Kang swore allegiance to ISIS, attempted to provide military documents to ISIS, and attempted to provide training to the terrorist organization.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Ikaika Kang is 34 years old
  • He is a 2001 graduate of Kaiser High School in Honolulu

  • Kang enlisted in the U.S. Army following 9/11 and served tours in both Afghanistan (2013) and Iraq (2010)
  • Kang was on active duty with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks
  • He received numerous medals during service including:
  • Army Commendation Medal
    Army Achievement Medal
    Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award)
    National Defense Service Medal
    Afghanistan Campaign Medal
    Iraq Campaign Medal
    Korea Defense Service Medal
    Humanitarian Service Medal
    And, ironically, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Kang currently works as an air traffic control operator at Wheeler Army Airfield
  • He was under investigation by the U.S. Army and the FBI for over a year

  • In an interview, Kang’s father, a Vietnam veteran, said Ikaika began studying Islam a couple of years ago during one of his deployments

  • Kang was arrested late Saturday night by an FBI SWAT team at the Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • He is charged with providing material support to ISIS, including trying to provide ISIS a drone

  • Kang reportedly made pro-ISIS statements while at work and on post, sympathized with the Orlando jihadist, and believed in the mass killing of Jews

  • Kang is now in federal custody and appeared in court Monday afternoon
  • His criminal complaint can be read here

Meanwhile, while his arrest is disturbing, Kang is not the first to be busted for conspiring with ISIS:

Earlier this year, former Virginia National Guardsman Mohamed Jalloh was sentenced to 11 years in prison for plotting to help ISIS by possibly launching a Fort-Hood style attack. Jalloh had served in the Virginia National Guard from 2009 to 2015. He was arrested in 2016 as part of an FBI sting operation.

Last September, Illinois National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds received a 30-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS. Hasan and his cousin had plotted to attack the National Guard Armory in Joliet, Illinois, with rifles and grenades.

Just as despicable as Kang.


So what is Kang facing should he be found guilty? Well, if he’s charged with violations of 18 U.S. Code § 2339A and/or 18 U.S. Code § 2339B, the sentence could be imprisonment for 15-20 years and/or a fine. If the violation resulted in the death of an innocent(s), the term could be life. Not nearly harsh enough, in my humble opinion. And I’m not alone in that sentiment:

Following a ruling of “guilty,” of course, were it up to me—and Mr. Kang is lucky it’s not—I’d form an arse-kicking line filled with his fellow soldiers, followed by a hangman’s noose. And no, it’s not “islamaphobic,” it’s deserved punishment for treason.

While the credibility of the FBI has taken a browbeating as of late, most recently following the incompetence, and possible law-breaking, of its former director James Comey, this is a win for both the agency and for America. Here’s hoping prosecutors throw the book at this “soldier” and, if found guilty, that he receives the stiffest sentence possible. And here’s also hoping he never encounters another president like Barack Obama who recklessly releases enemies of America, the security of her people be damned.

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  • Scott says:

    “islamaphobic,”is a misnomer.. it means “fear of islam” I don’t fear it, I recognize that it’s a blood cult, and that it’s followers and tenants are completely incompatible with freedom and our way of life. These scum need to be eradicated. I have yet to hear of a situation where someone converts to islam, and does not then become a threat to our country. This needs to be stopped, and these loosers need to be dealt with harshly

    • Jodi says:

      Agreed, Scott. And I think “islamaphobia” is a made-up term by the Left, like “homophobia” (“assault rifle” being another invented label to demonize owners of scary black guns), to silence dissent. It’s what they do.

  • Al says:

    “…reprimanded repeatedly for “‘threatening to hurt or kill other service members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views while at work and on-post.'”

    So, not the brightest bulb in the box. Hopefully never had the chance to pass on those cull-worthy genes.

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