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US Army soldier pictured kissing ISIS flag is arrested by FBI

US Army soldier pictured kissing ISIS flag is arrested by FBI

The FBI said he swore allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made training videos for the extremist group and purchased a drone aircraft intended to help ISIS fighters in the Middle East evade enemy tanks in battle. "Ikaika Kang, 34, who according to an affidavit was allegedly heard saying he wanted to 'kill a bunch of people", was taken into custody on Saturday on charges of providing material support to ISIS, according to the release.

Kang also reportedly others he was researching "the most effective and painful ways people had been tortured", and at one point expressed willingness to pour DRANO into a man's eyes who had revoked his civilian air trafficker controller license. "It looks to me that they've exploited his mental illness and has thrown gasoline on the fire of his mental illness to get him to commit a crime that they could arrest him for", he added.

On Thursday, Bervar told KHON he plans to have Kang undergo a mental health evaluation. "Just relax and I'll be there for him". The two were friends for several years before Lyle left the Army and the two lost touch. Kang is believed to have acted alone, according to the press release.

Kang's court-appointed lawyer, Birney Bervar, said Monday his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. Bervar did not elaborate.

The Iraq and Afghanistan veteran won has won a number of military honours, including the Army Commendation Medal.

Kang was deployed to Iraq from March 2010 to February 2011, and it is though from then he has described his sympathizing nature towards the Muslim terrorists, and now it has crossed limits.

"The government should have offered a hand to pull him back, but instead it looks like they just pushed him and pushed him and pushed him".

The criminal complaint against Kang says that he has admitted to attempting to aid Isis and also join the group.

A 26 page affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Jimmy Chen detailed Kang's interactions with the undercover agents.