Army sergeant pleads not guilty to attempting to provide documents, training to ISIS
By Brian Seay
Ikaika Kang made pro-ISIS arguments and threatened service members as far back as 2011, according to court documents. (Photo: Hawaii News Now)
An Army sergeant in Hawaii pleaded not guilty Monday to charges alleging he attempted to provide equipment and training to members of ISIS.
Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, was indicted July 19, charged with four counts of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
Believing them to be members of the Islamic State, Kang met with undercover federal agents between June 21 and July 8. According to court documents, he gave them “sensitive but unclassified documents” with the intention of assisting ISIS.
Having achieved the highest level of combat training in the U.S. Army, Kang conducted “expert military-style combatives training to a person who purported to be a member of ISIS.” He repeatedly said he wanted to provide training to ISIS fighters, and suggested the training sessions be videotaped, according to a sworn affidavit. Kang also provided a drone, military clothing and equipment to the undercover agents.
As far back as 2011, Kang was reprimanded on several occasions for threats he made against service members. He also argued pro-ISIS views while on duty. His