A former Kansas woman accused of training an all-female battalion of ISIS terrorists in Syria faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday.
Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, pleaded guilty in an Alexandria, Virginia federal court to conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The department says Fluke-Ekren trained over 100 women and girls for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
The DOJ says that from 2011 to 2019 Fluke-Ekren – also known as Umm Mohammed al-Amriki and Allison Elizabeth Brooks – engaged in terrorist activities in various countries, including Syria, Libya and Iraq, eventually serving as organizer and leader of ISIS’ Khatiba Nusaybah all-female battalion. She reportedly trained girls as young as 10 or 11 in the use of AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts.
Court records allege that Fluke-Ekren once told a witness that “she considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources” – and that whenever she heard of terror attacks in other countries, “Fluke-Ekren would comment that she wished the attack occurred on United States soil instead.”
The DOJ had alleged that:
- In about 2008 Fluke-Ekren left the United States and moved to Egypt with her second husband, a now-deceased former member of the terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia.
- By the end of 2011, Fluke-Ekren lived in Benghazi with her husband and others. After the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, she and her husband were in possession of documents and an unspecified electronic device stolen from the U.S. compound.
- The documents and device were shared with the leadership of Ansar al-Sharia, which took part in the 2012 Benghazi attack.
- In 2014, Fluke-Ekren and others were smuggled into Syria. While there, 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.
Fluke-Ekren is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 25.