A Kansas woman who left the US to join terrorist movements in the Middle East pleaded guilty Tuesday to organizing and leading an all-female military battalion for ISIS.
Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, has provided military training to more than 100 women and girls – some as young as 10 – on behalf of Syria’s failed radical Islamic caliphate, according to federal prosecutors.
Fluke-Ekren left the US in 2008 and followed her second husband Volkan Ekren to Egypt with their four children before moving to Libya.
There, Fluke-Ekren reviewed and summarized government documents her husband stole from the U.S. special mission after a terrorist attack that targeted the compound, federal authorities said.
In the years that followed, she traveled with her husband to Turkey, Syria and Iraq, eventually running a women’s center in Raqqa on behalf of the Islamic State, the FBI said.
According to authorities, she provided medical care, childcare and education services on the teachings of ISIS.
In 2017, Fluke-Ekren was put in charge of an all-female ISIS military battalion called Khatiba Nusaybah, the FBI said.
She trained women and girls to use automatic firing AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts, according to the Justice Department.
In addition to weapons training, the battalion offered “martial arts, medical training, VBIED driving classes, ISIS religious instruction, and packing and preparing a ‘go-bag’ of rifles and other military supplies,” federal authorities said.
A criminal complaint against Fluke-Ekren was filed under wraps in 2019 but was not released until she was brought back to the US to face charges in January.
She on Tuesday accepted a charge of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization in the Eastern District of Virginia and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on her conviction.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/07/kansas-mom-turned-isis-battalion-leader-allison-fluke-ekren-pleads-guilty-to-terrorism/ Allison Fluke-Ekren, mother of ISIS battalion in Kansas, pleads guilty to terrorism