She is accused of providing support to the terrorist organization.
A Kansas woman has been charged with providing material support to the Islamic State, according to charges unveiled by the Justice Department on Friday evening.
On six occasions between 2014 and 2017, authorities say Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, expressed an interest in carrying out terrorist attacks in the United States in support of ISIS, the foreign terrorist organization based in Iraq, in Syria and other places in Africa. and the Middle East.
Fluke-Ekren moved to Syria in 2012 and married a “prominent” Islamic State leader, according to court documents. She reportedly spoke four languages and the documents alleged that she rose through the ranks to command her own battalion.
“Fluke-Ekren’s primary purpose in this role was to teach ISIS women how to defend themselves against ISIS enemies,” the complaint states.
She also allegedly harbored, translated and trained women to shoot automatic weapons, the Justice Department said.
“The recent charges against Allison Fluke-Ekren demonstrate the appeal of the Islamic State to a large segment of foreign extremists around the world, including women and those in the United States,” said Javed Ali, former director principal of counterterrorism at the National Security Council and a professor at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
“Despite their similar jihadist outlook, unlike al-Qaeda, ISIS prohibited little or no more operational roles for women in the group, and there were many other women who performed similar functions in Islamic State like Fluke-Ekren,” Ali told ABC News.
Among the attacks he was interested in were ideas to bomb a mall and a college in the United States.
“To carry out the attack, Fluke-Ekren explained that she could drive to a mall in the United States, park a vehicle loaded with explosives in the basement or parking lot level of the structure, and detonate the explosives in the vehicle with a cell phone triggering device,” she allegedly told a witness, according to court documents.
Fluke-Ekren also reportedly once presented an FBI informant with a plan “targeting a US-based university.” She “said they would dress like infidels and drop off a backpack containing explosives,” according to court documents.
She also “fantasized” to carry out an attack where there were a large number of people, according to the documents.
“Fluke-Ekren viewed any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals as a waste of resources,” they said.
The documents against Fluke-Ekren were filed in 2019.
She was arrested in Syria and is expected to make her first appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday when she is appointed as an attorney.