The Justice Department along with the New York City Police Department and the Army’s Counterintelligence (CI) unit announced on January 19 that a U.S. soldier was arrested on terrorism charges for allegedly attempting to help the Islamic State (ISIS) attack U.S. troops in the Middle East. PFC Cole James Bridges, aka Cole Gonzales, 20, has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and attempting to murder U.S. military servicemembers.

The FBI and military CI agents arrested Bridges at his base at Ft. Stewart, GA. He will appear later today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

“Bridges is charged with giving military advice and guidance on how to kill fellow soldiers to individuals he thought were part of ISIS,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said. “This alleged personal and professional betrayal of comrades and country is terrible to contemplate, but fortunately, the FBI was able to identify the threat posed by Bridges, and today’s charges are the first step in holding him accountable for his crimes. ISIS ideology continues to infect those who would threaten the nation’s security from within and without, and we will continue to fight this threat,” he added.

The Army released a statement acknowledging the threat and betrayal of Bridges.