On Tuesday, 20 years in prison was sentenced for a Kansas woman who led an all-female ISIS battalion in Syria.
After pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, the sentence was given to 42-year-old Allison Fluke-Ekren in a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.
Prior to being sentenced, Fluke-Ekren told the judge, according to Fox News, “I deeply regret my choices, but I also deeply sympathize with women abused and raped in Syria.”
Following a terrorist attack in 2012, Fluke-Ekron confessed that she translated and analyzed documents stolen from the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi making her plea deal. Her sentence also includes 25 years of supervised release following her imprisonment.
In court testimony, Layla Ekren, her 20-year-old daughter, submitted a letter in opposition to her mother allegedly that Layla was not only abused by her mother but was also forced to marry when she was only 13 years old to an ISIS fighter.
However, in a press release from the Justice Department, in order to escape being imprisoned, Fluke-Ekren also made an effort to persuade the American government that she had passed away in 2018.
“In 2018, Fluke-Ekren informed another witness that she had instructed an individual in Syria to send a message to one of her family members stating that Fluke-Ekren was dead,” the statement read. “So that the U.S. government would not attempt to locate her, Fluke-Ekren informed this same witness that it was important to kill the ‘kuffar’ (disbelievers) and die as martyrs on behalf of ISIS in Syria.”
Fluke-Ekren allegedly acknowledged planning terrorist attacks on American targets such as a university and a shopping mall, while also admitting that she led attacks in Syria involving a group of 100 women when Fluke-Ekren was arrested in January.
Originally, Fluke-Ekren was detained in January, at the time the Department of Justice stated, “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.”
Prior to this, Fluke-Ekren was a mother of at least seven kids, five of whom were born in the United States. She also worked as a teacher. She first relocated to Libya in 2011, then to Egypt in 2008 but after the attack on Benghazi in 2012, she relocated to Syria along with other ISIS members.
“The court records also showed that she and her husband, who was killed in an airstrike in 2016, were connected to Ansar al-Sharia and that the couple had written a report for terrorist leaders after studying official documents that had been stolen in the Benghazi attack,” as the Daily Wire previously reported.
Including teenage girls and some girls as young as 10 years old, Fluke-Ekren claimed that she was involved in weapons training with groups of women the weapons included AK-47s, grenades, and suicide vests– while in Syria.
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