Allison Fluke-Ekren to plead guilty to leading Islamic State battalion

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Allison Fluke-Ekren to plead guilty to leading Islamic State battalion

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An American woman is set to plead guilty Tuesday to leading an all-female battalion of Islamic State militants in Syria, court records show.

A plea hearing for Allison Fluke-Ekren is to take place in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, according to a court notation. Her lawyer did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Fluke-Ekren, who once lived in Kansas, was brought to the US in January to face a criminal charge of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. She moved to Egypt in 2008 and starting in late 2016, according to prosecutors, she led an all-female Islamic State unit in the Syrian city of Raqqa that was trained in the use of AK-47 rifles, grenades and suicide belts.

A detention memo filed by First Assistant US Attorney Raj Parekh says she trained children how to use assault rifles and at least one witness saw one of her children — approximately 6 or 7 years old — holding a machine gun in the family’s home in Syria.


An American woman has been charged with providing material support to terrorist organizations after spending years leading and training ISIS forces in Syria, the Department of Justice announced Saturday.
Fluke-Ekren, who once lived in Kansas, was brought to the US in January to face a criminal charge.
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The U.S. Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., on Sept. 2, 2021. Court records show that Allison Fluke-Ekren is set to plead guilty to leading an all-female battalion of Islamic State militants in Syria. A plea hearing for Allison Fluke-Ekren is to take place June 7, 2022, in federal court in Alexandria.
A plea hearing for Fluke-Ekren will take place June 7, 2022, in federal court in Alexandria, Va.
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Prosecutors have also said Fluke-Ekren wanted to recruit operatives to attack a college campus in the US and discussed a terrorist attack on a shopping mall. She told one witness that “she considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources,” according to an FBI affidavit.

A criminal complaint against Fluke-Ekren was filed under seal in 2019 but not made public until she was brought back to the US to face charges.

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