A federal court sentenced 42-year-old Allison Fluke-Ekren to 20 years imprisonment and 25 years of supervised release after she led a battalion of female ISIS fighters and planned an attack on a Midwest college campus, according to CBS News.
Fluke-Ekren, 42 Kansas, pleaded guilty in June to materially supporting a foreign terrorist organization. She organized and led a battalion of female ISIS members married to ISIS fighters in Syria and trained 100 women and girls for fighting.
Authorities said Fluke-Ekren converted to Islam as a University of Kansas student and later used “different husbands to advocate for approval of her military training plans” by terrorists while traveling to Egypt and Libya before ending up in Syria, CBS News reported.
She reportedly gave a paid U.S. foreign government source a plan to attack a Midwest college campus using explosives, and claimed late ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had received it, but charging documents indicated the plan never materialized.
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Fluke-Ekren spent time in the Iraqi city of Mosul as well, when it was under ISIS control, according to CBS News. She reportedly revealed a never-perpetrated car bomb plan to a government witness in Syria, believing “any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources.”
Fluke-Ekren’s daughter Leyla Ekren alleged in court Tuesday that her mother sexually and emotionally abused her when they were living in Syria, tortured her and her siblings, and gave her to an ISIS fight for marriage at 13 years old, CBS News reported. Fluke-Ekren responded that her daughter’s claims “shocked and horrified” her, denying them.
Fluke-Ekren claimed she stopped supporting ISIS in 2019, according to CBS News. She turned herself in to Syrian law enforcement in June 2021 before being transferred to U.S. custody in January, CBS News reported.
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