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US Soldier Jailed For 25 Years For Trying To Provide Support To IS

Ikaika Erik Kang was arrested after he swore allegiance to IS during a ceremony conducted by an undercover FBI employee.

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A US Army Sergeant has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempting to provide support to so-called Islamic State.

Ikaika Erik Kang was arrested after he swore allegiance to IS during a ceremony conducted by an undercover FBI employee posing as a high-ranking IS leader.

The 35-year-old had spoken about launching an attack at the Honolulu Christmas Parade and planning a suicide bombing at his army barracks.

At sentencing, Senior U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway accepted a plea agreement between the United States and Kang, in which Kang had agreed to serve 25 years of imprisonment.

As part of his sentence, Kang will serve 20 years of supervised release following his incarceration.

In imposing sentence, Judge Susan Oki Mollway said that Kang’s conduct was “extremely serious” and “had the potential to be disastrous".

She also noted that the undercover agents gave Kang "a number of chances to return the classified information and leave the training, but [he] didn’t do that".

“Kang swore to defend the United States as a member of our military, but betrayed his country by swearing allegiance to ISIS and attempting to provide it material support,” said Assistant Attorney General John C Demers.