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North Carolina soldier linked to racist extremist social media posts

Ryan’s alleged social media activity is documented in a case filed late last month in U.S. District Court in North Carolina. Authorities accuse him of providing false information on a security clearance form to serve at Fort Bragg.
Ryan’s alleged social media activity is documented in a case filed late last month in U.S. District Court in North Carolina. Authorities accuse him of providing false information on a security clearance form to serve at Fort Bragg.

The charges against Ryan come at a time when the U.S. military is trying to purge its ranks of extremists and white supremacists.

Investigators say that a U.S. Army soldier based in North Carolina wrote on Instagram that he joined the military for combat experience to be more proficient in killing Black people.

Court documents also allege that Killian Mackeith-an Ryan had five Instagram accounts that were in contact with others "associated with racially motivated extremism."

Ryan’s alleged social media activity is documented in a case filed late last month in U.S. District Court in North Carolina. Authorities accuse him of providing false information on a security clearance form to serve at Fort Bragg.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.