Showing posts with label ISIS in the US. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ISIS in the US. Show all posts

July 24, 2017

US Soldier Arrested in Hawaii for Helping ISIS- No, Not a Muslim

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Erik Kang is accused of pledging allegiance to ISIS on July 8 in Honolulu. Images taken from an FBI video and provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hawaii show him kissing an ISIS flag (left) and holding it to his forehead.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Erik Kang is facing four charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIS related to accusations of sharing secret information and supplying a drone and other gear to undercover FBI agents he believed were affiliated with the terrorist group.
Kang, 34, first met the agents in Hawaii, where he has been stationed. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts if convicted, the Justice Department said in a release on Saturday. He is slated to appear in court for an arraignment and plea on Monday.
Kang was arrested on July 8, after he swore an oath of loyalty to ISIS and its leader, according to the affidavit that was filed last week. That FBI document quoted him as saying he wanted to take his rifle and kill "a bunch of people."
At the time, the soldier possessed two firearms that were registered in his name — an AR-15-style weapon and a .40-caliber pistol.
The Justice Department filed a grand jury indictment against Kang in Hawaii's District Court this week. He had been stationed at Schofield Barracks, part of a large military complex that includes Wheeler Army Airfield, about 20 miles northwest of Honolulu. The indictment accuses Kang of sharing military documents, some of which were classified as secret. It also says he provided "a GoPro Karma drone, a chest rig (which is a piece of military-style equipment worn over the shoulders that have chest pouches and is typically used to hold tactical equipment, ammunition, and other military gear), and other military-style clothing and gear."
In the Army, Kang had served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Classified as an air traffic controller, he is also an expert in hand-to-hand combat. The government says he wanted to use those skills to help ISIS by making a combat training video and offering advice about correcting artillery fire.
The FBI affidavit against Kang described him making a string of threatening statements that went back as far as 2011.
"He was reprimanded on several occasions for threatening to hurt or kill other service members, and for arguing pro-ISIS views while at work and on-post," the affidavit said, adding that his remarks led to his security clearance being revoked in 2012. It was reinstated one year later.
The affidavit also describes Kang being angry at someone outside of the military whom Kang blamed for the loss of his air traffic controller's license.
Kang was arrested on July 8; news of his detention didn't emerge until the government filed court documents last week. Here's how NPR's Barbara Campbell laid out the start of the case against him:"An FBI agent named Jimmy Chen's affidavit filed with a federal court in Honolulu says Kang's superiors became concerned that he had been radicalized and called in the FBI. Agents secretly examined his computer hard drives and found [classified] documents, along with videos and other materials that led them to go undercover to make him think he was in touch with the extremist group."Kang told the agent, who posed as the guest lecturer, that ISIS was 'just fighting people who were committing genocide.' But he said he was wary of meeting with ISIS in person or on the Internet because he was afraid the FBI 'will show up at my door.' "


March 11, 2016

ISIS Suspects by State in the US

Image: Part of one of the leaked ISIS documents

   Thousands of documents apparently leaked from inside ISIS paint a detailed picture of the terror group's personnel, including a 20-year-old from Minneapolis with just a high-school education.
The questions start off mundane — name, nickname, date of birth, education — and then shift to the more sinister.

Fields ask about previous fighting experience, blood type, special skills, level of obedience and whether the applicant is interested in fighting or becoming a suicide attacker.

The forms also ask for "countries traveled" to clarify the route to ISIS' caliphate and who can vouch for the recruit. 
Graph below is as of today. pre finding of documents.  

December 5, 2015

ISIS Suspects by Age in the US

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December 4, 2015

ISIS Suspects by State in the US

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