Kansas girl who led an all-female ISIS battalion pleads guilty

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June 8 (UPI) — A worn Kansas trainer accused of practising a battalion of larger than 100 girls and girls in Syria to fight for the Islamic Snort has pleaded guilty to conspiring to offer discipline topic improve to the international terrorist organization, federal prosecutors acknowledged.

The Justice Department acknowledged in a observation that Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday and is to be sentenced Oct. 25 when she faces a most penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment.

In step with court docket paperwork, Fluke-Ekren changed into as soon as engaged in terrorism actions for Ansar al-Sharia and ISIS from about September 2011 to about Also can 2019 in different countries including Libya, Iraq and Syria.

In Syria, she led the Khatiba Nusaybah, an all-female ISIS military battalion. She taught the warring parties, some who had been as young as 10, to make use of AK-47 rifles, grenades and suicide belts, prosecutors acknowledged.

Fluke-Ekren left the United States for Egypt alongside with her 2d husband, who is now unnecessary however changed into as soon as a member of Ansar al-Sharia, in 2008. In 2011, they moved to Benghazi, Libya, where they had been when Ansar al-Sharia attacked the U.S. Particular Mission and CIA Annex, killing two CIA contractors.

Fluke-Ekren’s husband stole U.S. govt paperwork and no lower than one electronic instrument from the U.S. compound and she assisted him with analyzing, reviewing and summarizing their contents, which they handed over to Ansar al-Sharia leadership, the prosecutors acknowledged.

The court docket paperwork assert Fluke-Ekren and her husband in 2012 then moved to Syria where they grew to alter into contributors of ISIS.

While there, she purchased approval in 2016 for the creation of her all-female battalion, which started operations in February of the next year, prosecutors acknowledged.

“Fluke-Ekren’s main goal as the leader and organizer of the Khatiba Nusaybah battalion changed into as soon as to educate female ISIS contributors the plot in which to defend themselves in opposition to ISIS’ enemies, including serving to male warring parties defend ISIS-controlled Raqqa,” the Justice Department acknowledged, referring the Syrian metropolis. “Fluke-Ekren sought to encourage her trainees by explaining how female warring parties might per chance per chance well make sure the Islamic Snort is stored alive by ‘serving to ISIS amplify and to stay’ by the use of weapons.”

Alongside with weapons practising, she also taught some contributors of her battalion martial arts, scientific practising and riding as neatly as led them in ISIS spiritual classes and urged them on the plot in which to pack a “trip catch” in case of needing to flee.

Fluke-Ekren changed into as soon as at the starting up charged in a 2019 grievance and changed into as soon as arrested in Syria sooner than being transferred to FBI custody in gradual January.

In step with the distinctive charging doc, a mediate who knew Fluke-Ekren in Syria had acknowledged her level of radicalization changed into as soon as “off the charts.”

One other mediate acknowledged Fluke-Ekren urged this person to ship a message to family contributors stating she had died so the U.S. govt would no longer strive and search out her.

“Fluke-Ekren told this identical mediate and others that it changed into as soon as important to extinguish the kuffar (disbelievers) and die as martyrs on behalf of ISIS in Syria,” the charging doc states. “The mediate also heard Fluke-Ekren assert that she by no plot wished to return to the United States and that she wished to die in Syria as a martyr.”