An American woman called Allison Fluke-Ekren has pleaded guilty in the United States court for aiding ISIS. She faced allegations of providing training to young recruits on behalf of the terrorist organization in Syria. US forces captured her and brought her back in January 2022 to trail. According to reports, she will face a sentence of 20 years in prison on October 25.
Allison Fluke-Ekren Helping to Expand ISIS
42-year-old Allison Fluke-Ekren from Kansas, US, admitted to forming and leading the all-women ISIS battalion called ‘Khatiba Nusaybah’. She provided military training to over 100 women and young girls aged 6 to 11. However, in court, she denied training children for violence. Most of the women trainees were married to ISIS militants and learned to use explosives, suicide vests, and AK-47s from Allison.
She motivated her trainees by explaining how women fighters can “expand” ISIS and “keep it alive”. Besides mental and physical training, she taught them weapon preparation courses which she translated into English. According to the FBI’s complaint, Allison did not like Americans and planned to attack a university and a mall in the US. She thought that any attack that failed to kill swathes of people was a “waste of resources”.
A Bright Student
The story of how an all-American girl became one of the most feared terrorist leaders in the world remained a mystery. According to the archives, she was a teacher in Kansas before associating with ISIS. A science lecturer Larry Miller also remembered Allison from her school days in the 1990s. He told the media that he was stunned to learn about Allison’s ISIS connections. He described her as a bright student who was intelligent and had a sense of humour in her teenage years.
Allison also emailed Larry in 2007, admiring him and saying how much she loved science and nature. She also informed him about getting a degree to teach. Larry recalled Allison’s kind attitude towards all living beings. He said that she once caught a lizard on a field trip and held it gently for other students to study it. The teacher was not able to understand how someone like Allison could destroy lives.
Trail of Betrayal
According to the reports, the relatives of Allison Fluke-Ekran and some of the women she trained will testify against her in court on October 25. Her family members had already asked the court to ban her from seeing them, saying she left a “trail of betrayal”.
Also known as Umm Mohammed al-Amriki, Allison allegedly left the US and moved to Libya in 2011. Then reports claimed that she was smuggled to Syria in 2012 along with her first husband, who later became an ISIS sniper and got killed in an airstrike. Then it was reported that Allison married a Bangladeshi ISIS terrorist who made drones. After he was killed in 2016, she married a senior ISIS commander in charge of Raqqa, the Syrian region, which was captured by US-backed coalition forces in 2017.
Reports further claim that Allison married at least 5 times and had 5 children. She kept helping ISIS forces during the ongoing Syrian civil war that started in 2011.