ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An American lady is about to plead guilty Tuesday to leading an all-female battalion of Islamic State militants in Syria, courtroom data present.
A plea listening to for Allison Fluke-Ekren is to happen in federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, in accordance to a courtroom notation. Her lawyer didn’t instantly return an e mail searching for remark.
Fluke-Ekren, who as soon as lived in Kansas, was introduced to the US in January to face a prison cost of offering materials assist to a overseas terrorist group. She moved to Egypt in 2008 and beginning in late 2016, in accordance to prosecutors, she led an all-female Islamic State unit within the Syrian metropolis of Raqqa that was skilled in the usage of AK-47 rifles, grenades and suicide belts.
A detention memo filed by First Assistant US Attorney Raj Parekh says she skilled kids how to use assault rifles and at the very least one witness noticed one in every of her kids — roughly 6 or 7 years outdated — holding a machine gun within the household’s house in Syria.
Prosecutors have additionally mentioned Fluke-Ekren wished to recruit operatives to assault a university campus within the US and mentioned a terrorist assault on a shopping center. She advised one witness that “she considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources,” in accordance to an FBI affidavit.
A prison grievance in opposition to Fluke-Ekren was filed below seal in 2019 however not made public till she was introduced again to the US to face expenses.