A former Kansas middle-school science teacher whom authorities say led an all-female ISIS military battalion has reportedly pled guilty to a terrorism-related charge in U.S. federal court in Virginia.
According to a lengthy news release from the U.S. Department of Justice that detailed her extensive resume, Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42 “engaged in terrorism-related activities in multiple countries” in the 2011-2019 time frame.
Fluke-Eren, who is said to be the mother of seven children, allegedly handled various duties for ISIS, including as the leader of a battalion called the Khatiba Nusaybah, during which she trained about 100 women as well as pre-teen girls in the use of AK-47s, grenades, and suicide belts, the government claimed.
As the head of the “Women’s Center” in Raqqa, Syria, she also “provided medical services, educational services about the Islamic State, childcare, and various training to women and young girls,” in addition to the military training, the feds explained.
“Fluke-Ekren’s main objective as the leader and organizer of the Khatiba Nusaybah battalion was to teach female ISIS members how to defend themselves against ISIS’s enemies, including helping male fighters defend ISIS-controlled Raqqa,” the release noted.
On Tuesday, she entered a guilty plea for conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. She is due back in court on October 25 for sentencing, at which point she could face up to 20 years behind bars.
“While residing in Syria, Fluke-Ekren told a witness about her desire to conduct an attack in the United States. To conduct the attack, Fluke-Ekren 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,” the DOJ announcement added.
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Fluke-Ekren, who also was known as Umm Mohammed al-Amriki and a few other names, was originally apprehended in Syria and then handed over to the custody of the FBI in January 2022.
The feds say that she left the U.S. for Egypt with her second husband, a now-deceased former member of a terrorist organization, in 2008, and in subsequent years traveled throughout the Middle East and other countries allegedly in support of the ISIS mission.
While residing in Benghazi, Libya, “Fluke-Ekren reviewed and summarized government documents that her hubby stole from the US Special Mission after a terrorist attack that targeted the compound, according to federal authorities.,” the New York Post reported.
“For the F.B.I. and prosecutors, her conviction marked the end of a seven-year hunt. Ms. Fluke-Ekren’s hardened militancy and unusually high-level position in the Islamic State stand out even among the Americans who traveled to wage jihad in Syria,” The New York Times asserted. “The case was the first prosecution in the United States involving a top female military leader of the Islamic State.”
According to the Times, two of Fluke-Ekren’s five sequential marriages were to husbands who were killed allegedly during terrorist-related activities.
Watch a report aired by CBS News at the time of her apprehension:
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