Allison Fluke-Ekren, mother of ISIS battalion in Kansas, pleads guilty to terrorism

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.

Allison Fluke-Ekren
Fluke-Ekren provided military training to over 100 girls.

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.

Allison Fluke-Ekren
Fluke-Ekren faces 20 years in prison.

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. Allison Fluke-Ekren, mother of ISIS battalion in Kansas, pleads guilty to terrorism


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