A federal court handed down a 20-year prison sentence to Kansas resident Allison Fluke-Ekren for leading a battalion of female ISIS fighters in Syria and planning an attack on a Midwest college campus.
Allison Fluke-Ekren, a Kansas woman who admitted training more than 100 women and girls to use rifles and suicide vests, was just sentenced to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors called her “the empress of ISIS.” https://t.co/O2l0SZp0NI
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She was found guilty of training a battalion of 100 women and girls for fighting, all of whom were married to ISIS fighters.
Fluke-Ekren, who went by the alias Umm Mohammed al-Amriki, was also ordered to 25 years of supervised release.
Authorities amazingly revealed that she converted to Islam while attending the University of Kansas. According to a CBS News report, she eventually traveled to Egypt, Libya and ultimately ended up in Syria. Throughout her travels, she used “different husbands to advocate for approval of her military training plans.”
According to charging documents from the case, Fluke-Ekren gave a paid U.S. foreign government source her plan to attack a Midwest college campus using explosives. Although the documents reveal that the plan never materialized, the defendant claimed that the now-deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi received it.
During her time abroad, Fluke-Ekren also spent time in Mosul, Iraq while it was still under ISIS control. In mid-2014, she reportedly revealed a car bomb plan to a government witness in Syria, one that thankfully never occurred.
According to the official DOJ website, Fluke-Ekren told the witness that she “could go to a shopping mall in the United States, park a vehicle full of explosives in the basement or parking garage level of the structure, and detonate the explosives in the vehicle with a cell phone triggering device.”
The witness also noted that she spoke about learning how to manufacture explosives and said she “considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources.” The witness said that when Fluke-Ekren would hear about terrorist attacks taking place in other countries, she’d comment that “she wished the attack had occurred on U.S. soil instead.”
Fluke-Ekren’s daughter Leyla Ekren appeared in court yesterday, accusing her mother of sexually and emotionally abusing her while the pair lived in Syria. She even alleges that she was given to an ISIS fighter for marriage when she was 13.
Fluke-Ekren denied the allegations and said they “shocked and horrified” her. She also claims to have stopped fighting for ISIS in 2019.
She peacefully surrendered to Syrian law enforcement in June 2021 and was transferred to U.S. soil in January 2022.