An American woman from Kansas, who reportedly led a battalion of female ISIS fighters, has been charged with supporting the terrorist organization, including allegedly recruiting for an attack on an American college campus and training children in the use of weapons and suicide belts.
Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, also known as Umm Mohammed al-Amrik, was originally detained in Syria before the FBI took custody on January 28 and flew her back to the United States for trial on charges of aiding the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham according to newly unsealed court documents.
Fluke-Ekren, an American citizen, is to be tried in the Eastern District of Virginia. She speaks English and Arabic and moved to Egypt in 2008 before moving to Libya around 2011.
“In or around 2012, Fluke-Ekren and others with whom she traveled were smuggled into Syria because, according to one witness, the terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia was no longer conducting attacks in Libya, and Fluke-Ekren wished to engage in violent jihad,” court documents reveal.
Since 2014, authorities believe that Fluke-Ekren has been working with ISIS on a number of terrorism related projects. The mother of five allegedly sought to recruit terrorists to attack an American college and headed up the Khatiba Nusaybah, an female ISIS battalion.
“Fluke-Ekren’s alleged main objective in this role was to teach the women of ISIS how to defend themselves against ISIS’ enemies. According to another witness, ISIS allegedly mandated women who were staying in Raqqa during the 2017 siege to attend the training,” investigators reported.
She allegedly gave ISIS military training to about 100 women and spoke about how they needed to work to grow the radical Islamist groups territory and reach. In 2018, Fluke-Ekren attempted to convince the U.S. government that she was dead, in an effort to escape capture.
Other terrorism-related actives included translating the speeches of ISIS leaders, promoting ISIS indoctrination doctrine, and giving children training in how to use suicide-belts, grenades, and rifles. One of the children trained by Fluke-Ekren was her own, who one witness said was in possession of a machine gun at her home in Syria around the age of five.
The defendant also allegedly discussed how an attack at a mall in the U.S. could be conducted and how she believed that an attack on U.S. soil would be more effective than other attacks.
“To conduct the attack, Fluke-Ekren allegedly explained that she could go to a shopping mall in the United States, park a vehicle full of explosives in the basement or parking garage level of the structure, and detonate the explosives in the vehicle with a cell phone triggering device. Fluke-Ekren allegedly considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources,” the Department of Justice stated.
If convicted, she could face 20 years in prison. U.S Attorney Jessica Aber has requested that, for safety reasons, she be held until her trial.
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