Former Kansas teacher goes out as suspected boss of all female ISIS battalion

Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

A former Kansas teacher who led a military battalion of an all-female Islamic State and attempted a terrorist attack on Americans was captured in Syria, Federal prosecutor said he opened the criminal case late Friday..

Allison Fluke-Ekren (42), accused of conspiring to provide and provide physical support to ISIS, a terrorist organization designated in May 2019, was arrested in Syria on Friday. I was finally taken to the eastern part of Virginia at night.

According to the federal government, Fluke-Ekren left the United States for Egypt in 2008 and emigrated to Libya and Syria around 2012 with her husband, an ISIS sniper trainer. One witness said, “The pair was smuggled into Syria because the terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia was not attacking in Libya and wanted Fluke Ekren to engage in violent jihad. “.

Fluke-Ekren and her husband allegedly brought $ 15,000 to Syria to buy weapons, grenades, and other military equipment. She has been involved in a huge number of activities on behalf of ISIS since at least 2014, prosecutors say.

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A A blog called “4 Kansas Kids” Created to “share the adventures of the Fluke-Ekren family,” Fluke-Ekren and her child are smiling in front of the Egyptian pyramids and playing in the snow in the Midwestern countryside around 2010. It seems to show a picture of us.

The Lawrence Journal-World also Published 2004 article About the tendency of homeschooling, where Fluke Ekren is said to explain his dissatisfaction with public schools. She said that homeschooling allowed her to teach Arabic to her children.

However Criminal accusation Includes observations from six people who witnessed Fluke-Ekren’s activities in Syria between 2014 and 2017. She allegedly played a role in planning and hiring operatives for possible attacks on American university campuses. Dissatisfaction complains that the plot never appeared because she became pregnant.

One witness wants to seek “vengeance” after Frueck Ekren presents a college attack plan and the children are killed when the Syrian market area is bombed by an airstrike she blames the United States. He said he was born of a desire.

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Fluke-Ekren is also the leader and organizer of the ISIS military battalion known as the Nusaybah battalion, training women and children to use AK-47 assault rifles, grenades, and suicide belts, criminal charges said. I am.

Prosecutors claim she provided accommodation for ISIS recruits, taught children radical doctrine, translated speeches from Turkish and Arabic and disseminated them online to ISIS leaders. ..

Witnesses told FBI agents at one point that one of Fluke Ekren’s sons, who had a machine gun during a home visit where assault rifles were often placed, was about five or six years old. He said he saw it.

Fluke-Ekren’s family allegedly described her as a “jihadist” and “ISIS member” and told investigators “I don’t like America or Americans.” She once went to a shopping center in the United States and talked about exploding a car loaded with explosives in a parking lot, the family said, but she probably followed through because her husband objected. did not.

According to the complaint, the family said, despite her husband’s resistance, Fluke Ekren “admitted that she had dreamed of launching another attack,” and “an attack that did not kill many individuals. I thought it was useless. ” Of resources. “

After the sniper trainer’s husband died in an airstrike, prosecutors say Fluke-Ekren moved to ISIS headquarters in Raqqa in 2012 and married a drone expert who died about five years later. Later, she married a military leader who oversaw the defense of Raqqa.

In 2017, witnesses involved in the Nusaiba battalion while living in Raqqa said the group was an “all-female ISIS military unit” whose purpose was “to train ISIS women to fight.” I told the investigator.

Its members are said to have received physical and medical training, attended religious lessons, and were taught to pack “go bags” packed with rifles and munitions. Some of these classes were taught by Fluke-Ekren, witnesses told investigators.

According to the complaint, Fluke-Ekren arranged to send a message claiming she was dead to her family in the United States in 2018 to prevent the US government from trying to find her. The prosecutor also said she told witnesses that she did not want to return to the United States and intended to die as a martyr.

Fluke-Ekren’s first appearance is scheduled for Monday. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

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