The 42-year-old woman admitted to training over 100 young girls how to use AK-47s, grenades, and other weapons in one of the first cases to expose an American woman’s operative role within the terrorist network.
An Islamic convert, Allison Fluke-Ekren left the country in 2008 and moved to Egypt with her second husband. They went on to live in Libya, Syria, and Iraq before he was killed in a 2016 airstrike.
According to court documents viewed by the Wall Street Journal, after her third and fourth husbands were also killed as part of Islamic State operations Fluke-Ekren received permission from ISIS leadership to set up a women’s center in Syria, which she allegedly used as a front to groom girls as young as 10 to fight for the terrorist group, including sending them to their deaths by use of explosive belts.
Court documents say she admitted to helping another terror group, Ansar al-Sharia, which is suspected of being behind the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya. She also reviewed US government documents her former husband stole from the facility and prepared summaries which were disseminated to the terror group’s leadership.
“This is a unique case, the first prosecution in the United States of a female ISIS military battalion leader,” the prosecutor on the case said at her hearing.
As part of her agreement, she faces a 20-year prison sentence. Her sentencing is set for October.