When we all thought women are weak and vulnerable, you have to think twice after hearing Allison Fluke-Ekren’s criminal charges.
Back in 2019, a criminal complaint was filed against Allison Fluke-Ekren in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia which was recently unsealed.
42-year-old, Allison Fluke-Ekren, aka “Allison Elizabeth Brooks,” aka “Allison Ekren,” aka “Umm Mohammed al-Amriki,” aka “Umm Mohammed,” and aka “Umm Jabril” faces up to 20 years in prison.
Authorities say the former Kansas resident was the leader of Khatiba Nusaybah, an all-female IS battalion based in its de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria.
A criminal complaint also alleges that Ms. Fluke-Ekren’s primary role within IS was to teach women and children to use weapons, ranging from AK-47 rifles and grenades to suicide vests.
Additionally, authorities believe that Ms. Fluke-Ekren planned and recruited operatives for a future attack on a US university campus.
She allegedly told a witness that she hoped to conduct an attack in the US, for which she could detonate a car bomb in the underground parking garage of a shopping mall.
She “considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources,” a government memorandum in support of her detention stated.
She now stands charged with providing and conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
The Times of Israel reported:
That affidavit from FBI Special Agent David Robins also alleges that Fluke-Ekren became leader of an Islamic State unit called “Khatiba Nusaybah” in the Syrian city of Raqqa in late 2016. The all-female unit was trained in the use of AK-47 rifles, grenades and suicide belts.
In all, the affidavit cites observations from six different witnesses, including some who have been charged with terrorism offenses and some who were held at prison camps for former Islamic state members.
A detention memo filed Friday by First Assistant US Attorney Raj Parekh states that Fluke-Ekren even trained children how to use assault rifles, and that at least one witness saw one of Fluke-Ekren’s children, approximately 5 or 6 years old, holding a machine gun in the family’s home in Syria.
First Assistant US Attorney Raj Parekh wrote, “Fluke-Ekren has been a fervent believer in the radical terrorist ideology of ISIS for many years, having traveled to Syria to commit or support violent jihad. Fluke-Ekren translated her extremist beliefs into action by serving as the appointed leader and organizer of an ISIS military battalion, directly training women and children in the use of AK-47 assault rifles, grenades, and suicide belts to support the Islamic State’s murderous aims.”
U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber for the Eastern District of Virginia; Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division; and Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.
Are we truly safe from terrorism?