Ex-Kansas woman arrested for alleged terrorist activities

(NewsNation now) – A woman who lived in Kansas led an all-female military battalion on behalf of ISIS and provided material support to the foreign terrorist organization, according to an unsealed criminal complaint filed in 2019.

Allison Fluke-Ekren, a U.S. citizen, has been arrested and charged, the U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia announced Saturday.

Fluke-Ekren had previously been apprehended in Syria and was transferred to FBI custody on Friday to face those charges. His first initial appearance at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

The criminal complaint alleges that Fluke-Ekren, 42, who lived in Kansas but has not been in the United States since 2011, traveled to Syria several years ago to commit or support terrorism.

“Since leaving the United States, Fluke-Ekren has allegedly been involved in a number of terrorism-related activities on behalf of ISIS since at least 2014,” the complaint states.

These activities would include planning and recruiting operatives for a potential future attack on a college campus inside the United States and serving as the designated leader and organizer of an ISIS military battalion known as name of Khatiba Nusaybah. This group would train the women in the use of automatic-firing AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts, according to the criminal complaint.

Fluke-Ekren reportedly provided ISIS operatives and the organization itself with accommodation; translated speeches by ISIS leaders and trained children in the use of various weapons.

“Fluke-Ekren has been a strong supporter of the radical Islamic State terrorist ideology for many years, having traveled to Syria to commit or support violent jihad,” says a detention note filed Friday by the first aide. of U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh.

Accounts of six separate people who observed what they said was terrorist activity from 2014 to 2017 were detailed in the complaint. At least one witness saw one of the Fluke-Ekren children wielding a machine gun in the family home in Syria when they were only five or six years old.

“Fluke-Ekren allegedly spoke to a witness about his desire to carry out an attack in the United States. To carry out the attack, Fluke-Ekren allegedly explained that she could drive to a mall in the United States, park a vehicle full of explosives in the basement or parking lot level of the structure, and detonate the explosives. in the vehicle with a cell phone triggering device,” the Justice Department wrote.

Court documents show Fluke-Ekren moved to Egypt in 2008 and traveled frequently between Egypt and the United States over the next three years.

In 2012 she moved to Syria, prosecutors say, and in early 2016 her husband was killed in the Syrian town of Tell Abyad while trying to carry out a terror attack.

Fluke-Ekren married an ISIS drone specialist later that year, but he also died in late 2016 or early 2017, prosecutors say. Four months later, she remarried an Islamic State leader.

The AP reports that court records do not indicate how she was captured or how long she was held,

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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