Kansas woman pleads guilty to leading ISIS battalion


A Kansas mother accused of leading an ISIS battalion has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors in northern Virginia announced Tuesday.

Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, allegedly expressed interest in carrying out terrorist attacks in the United States in support of ISIS on six occasions between 2014 and 2017, according to unsealed court documents in February.

Fluke-Ekren, who also used the name Umm Mohammed al-Amriki, moved to Syria in 2012 and married a “prominent” Islamic State leader, according to court documents. She reportedly speaks four languages ​​and the documents alleged that she rose through the ranks to command her own all-female battalion.

She pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

“Fluke-Ekren’s alleged ISIS-related conduct includes, but is not limited to, planning and recruiting agents for a potential future attack on a college campus inside and outside the United States. as the leader and designated organizer of an ISIS military battalion located in Syria, known as Khatiba Nusaybah, to train women in the use of automatic-firing AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts,” say court documents filed in January.

“Furthermore, Fluke-Ekren allegedly provided services to ISIS and ISIS operatives, including accommodation, translation of speeches delivered by ISIS leaders, teaching of doctrine Islamic State extremist and training children in the use of AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts,” the documents continued.

Allison Fluke-Ekren is pictured in an undated photo released by the Alexandria, Virginia Sheriff’s Office. Fluke-Ekren, 42, who once lived in Kansas, was arrested after federal prosecutors accused her of joining the Islamic State group and leading an all-female battalion of AK-47-wielding female militants . The U.S. Attorney in Alexandria announced Saturday, January 29, 2022, that she was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization.

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via AP

A former friend, who said she last spoke to Fluke-Ekren more than 10 years ago, painted a portrait of a woman who was close to her family but then became increasingly radicalized .

“I told people she was friends with in Kansas, I told them, ‘This girl is radicalized,'” said the former friend, who agreed to be identified by her last name, Farouk. Farouk knew Fluke-Ekren where she lived in Kansas and then as a teacher in the Middle East.

She said Fluke-Ekren was a “good mom” and their children were close, but living in the Middle East as a teacher during the Arab Spring unrest of 2010 and the refugee crisis that followed the deeply affected.

Fluke-Ekren faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and is expected to be sentenced in October.

ABC News

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