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Kansas woman Allison Fluke-Ekren, who led all-female ISIS battalion, faces sentencing

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This undated picture supplied by the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office in January 2022 exhibits Allison Fluke-Ekren. 

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office by way of AP


Washington — The Kansas woman who admitted she mentioned an assault on an American school and educated over 100 fighters in an all-female ISIS battalion in Syria, 42-year-old Allison Fluke-Ekren, faces sentencing Tuesday.

Fluke-Ekren, described in court docket paperwork as a mom and teacher-turned-ISIS battalion chief, pleaded responsible earlier this year to offering materials assist to the terrorist community and faces a most of 20 years in jail. 

Prosecutors described her admitted actions as “monstrous,” writing in a pre-sentence submitting that Fluke-Ekren “brainwashed young girls and trained them to kill” after leaving her family to “pursue a career in terrorism” in Libya. 

The authorities’s submitting laid out a life stuffed with torture and violence, which they stated she inflicted on her youthful brother, her youngsters and her husbands, conduct that she allegedly took from her residence to battlefields in overseas international locations after she grew to become radicalized. 

In one occasion, prosecutors say the defendant’s son advised them, “The more her children reacted to the pain, the worse the abuse would get,” alleging she would put salt or chemical compounds in his cuts, punch him within the face and throw him to the ground. And in one other occasion, prosecutors allege she sexually abused her personal daughter, who is testifying at Tuesday’s sentencing listening to. 

For her half, Fluke-Ekren’s authorized group argued that these new allegations of abuse weren’t related to the crime to which she admitted and that “she does not have adequate time or resources to fully investigate and rebut these allegations.” She stated she was “shocked and saddened” by among the allegations, based on paperwork filed in court docket, and questioned their veracity, outright denying lots of them. 

The authorities stated Fluke-Ekren transformed to Islam whereas attending the University of Kansas and was “predisposed to zealotry,” based on her father. She fled to Egypt, Libya and finally Syria, all of the whereas “using different husbands to advocate for approval of her military training plans from the leadership in the terrorist groups with whom she was associated overseas.” 

Once in Syria, based on one in every of at the least six authorities witnesses who say they interacted together with her, Fluke-Ekren offered a plan of assault to a paid U.S. overseas authorities supply. That plan, Fluke-Ekren admitted in court docket earlier this year, was to focus on an American school campus within the Midwest with explosives. Although Fluke-Ekren stated the plan had been offered to the then-leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it was finally placed on maintain, the preliminary charging paperwork stated. 

The defendant, who glided by the title Umm Mohammed al-Amriki, additionally frolicked in Mosul, Iraq, when it was managed by ISIS fighters. 

In assist of the terrorist group, Fluke-Ekren educated girls and a few younger girls on using AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts. She additionally commanded Khatiba Nusaybah, the all-female group of fighters educated to perpetuate the ISIS mission.

During an interplay with one other authorities witness in Syria as described in court docket papers, Fluke-Ekren offered an assault that will have concerned parking a automobile stuffed with explosives in a shopping center parking storage and detonating the bomb with a cellphone set off.

She “considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources,” based on witness statements included within the plea papers. 

The assault on the parking storage was additionally deserted after Fluke-Ekren’s then-husband was stated to have objected. 

In the summer time of 2016, based on the court docket paperwork, Fluke-Ekren married her third husband, a Bangladeshi ISIS member who constructed drones for ISIS and labored “attaching  chemical weapons onto drones to drop chemical bombs from the air.” He was later killed. Fluke-Ekren was married 5 occasions, the paperwork revealed. 

Fluke-Ekren admitted that she continued her affiliation with ISIS till May 2019, finally turning herself in to native Syrian police in the summertime of 2021. She was transferred into U.S. custody on Jan. 28, 2022, and now faces a most of 20 years in jail on account of her plea. 

Her protection legal professional wrote in presentencing papers that her childhood was “lonely” and a few of her actions overseas had been in pursuit of “self-preservation,” including she finally disavowed her assist of ISIS in 2019 and labored at a college and a non-governmental group in Syria. 

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