first published on August 30, 2018 by Will
A Hawaiian-based US soldier who was indicted last year for attempting to support the Islamic State terror group pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts of providing material support to the Islamic State.
Army SFC Ikaika Kang, 35, accepted a plea deal for a 25-year sentence on charges that would have landed him life in prison. Kang met with undercover agents that he thought were ISIS members, according to the prosecution. He provided classified information, a commercial drone, and military equipment and combat training.
Kang also told the undercover agents that he wanted to be a suicide bomber and attack Schofield Barracks, his home base near Honolulu. Prosecutors said that he watched ISIS videos for several hours a day, taking extra interest in beheadings and executions.
King appeared in a candid FBI video on July 8, 2017 in which he holds an Islamic State black standard Shahada flag and pledges allegiance to the group at a house in Hawaii.