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SWAT arrests Soldier in HAWAII over ISIS support

US SWAT team has arrested a soldier in Hawaii over the weekend and charged him with supporting ISIS. The army and the FBI worked closely in this case.

In a statement, the FBI said the investigation by the FBI and the Army had been going on for more than a year.

FBI Honolulu spokesman Arnold Laanui confirmed the agents arrested Ikaika Erik Kang, a 34-year-old Army soldier stationed at Schofield Barracks.

Kang is an active duty Army air traffic control operator assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii. Kang’s service records showed he was deployed to Afghanistan from July 2013 to April 2014 and served in Iraq from March 2010 to February 2011. He has received a range of medals in the course of his service, including the Army Commendation Medal.

As per the attorney of Mr.Kang, he is under untreated mental health issues.

He is believed to have allegiance towards ISIS and was planning to provide military documents and training. The complaint said Kang made threats and pro-ISIS arguments while in the Army and that his security clearance was revoked temporarily in response to those actions in 2012. The Army noted his apparent radicalization to the FBI last year. The complaint said after his arrest, Kang waived his Miranda rights and admitted he had pledged to join ISIS and attempted to aid the group.

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