Allison Fluke-Ekren is a 42-year-old woman from the state of Kansas. Her story is anything but what you might suspect from an American girl from the midwest. Fluke Ekren allegedly recruited for ISIS and led a battalion of female fighters for ISIS.
Fluke-Ekren is now being charged with supporting a terrorist organization and recruiting soldiers to make an attack on a college campus within the United States.
Maybe the worst charge that this woman is facing is the training of children to use weapons including suicide belts.
Allison now uses the name Umm Mohanned alAmrik. She was originally detained far from Kansas in the nation of Syria. That is where the FBI took custody of her in January of 2022. It was recently revealed in unsealed court reports that she was flown back to the United States so that she could stand trial for aiding ISIS. She will face the court in Virginia’s Eastern District.
This American citizen speaks both English and Arabic and she moved to Egypt in 2009. By 2011, she was living in Libya, and in 2012, Fluke-Ekren and some of her associates were smuggled into Syria. One of her associates gave testimony, according to court documents, that Fluke Ekren disagreed with a terrorist organization called Ansar al-Sharia. They were no longer planning terrorist attacks in Libya and she wanted to engage in violent jihad.
The investigators on this case think that Allison began to work with ISIS in 2014 and she was a part of several terrorism-related projects. Although she is a mother of five children, apparently she was able to lead a female ISIS battalion called the Khatiba Nusaybah. They allegedly tried to recruit terrorists that would launch an attack on an American college.
Investigators on the case reported, “Fluke-Ekren’s alleged main objective in this role was to teach the women of ISIS how to defend themselves against ISIS’ enemies. According to another witness, ISIS allegedly mandated women who were staying in Raqqa during the 2017 siege to attend the training.”
Fluke-Ekren’s objective was to increase the radical Islamist group’s influence and territory. She trained at least 100 women to fight for ISIS. In 2018, she tried to convince the American government that she was dead in order to escape capture.
There were more crimes against America that included translating speeches for ISIS leaders and promoting ISIS indoctrination. One of the most threatening things that she did was train children on the use of military weapons. She gave them instruction on rifles, grenades, and even suicide belts. And one of the children that she trained was her own child. One of her associates testified in court documents that one of Fluke-Ekren’s children, who was 5-years-old, had a machine gun at her home in Syria.
This woman apparently had discussions about how to attack a mall in the United States. She spoke about how an attack on American soil was more effective than any other attack.
According to the Department of Justice, “To conduct the attack, Fluke-Ekren allegedly explained 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. Fluke-Ekren allegedly considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources.”
This midwestern woman from Kansas is now facing 20 years in prison. The United States attorney, Jessica Abner, has asked the court to hold Fluke-Ekren in custody as a safety precaution. And Raj Parekh who is the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, told the judge that no one in her family, both parents, and adult children, want any contact with her.
The case seems solid, so hopefully, a very dangerous American terrorist will be behind bars very soon.