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Former Overbrook-area resident pleads guilty to supporting foreign terrorist organization – Osage County Online

OVERBROOK, Kan. – A former Overbrook, Kan. woman, Allison Fluke-Ekren, admitted Tuesday, June 7, 2022, to providing military training to women and girls in Syria on behalf of the terrorist organization ISIS, and to committing other terrorist acts. acts.

Allison Fluke-Ekren. Photo Alexandria, Va., Sheriff’s Office.

A press release from the US Department of Justice laid out the charges, for which Fluke-Ekren pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Fluke-Ekren’s notoriety has put the town of Overbrook in the news, as news outlets around the world have identified Fluke-Ekren, formerly Allison Brooks, as an Osage County town teacher. Court documents indicate that she is also known as Umm Mohammed al-Amriki and Umm Mohammed. A 2004 article in the Lawrence Journal World cites Fluke-Ekren as a homeschooler who taught her two children using a virtual school program because she was unhappy with her children’s results. in public and private schools. The Lawrence Journal World article identifies Fluke-Ekren and her children as a family from Lawrence, Kansas. A personal business profile on a popular business website lists Allison Fluke-Ekren of Overbrook and a teacher at New Vision International School.

The U.S. Department of Justice statement outlines the charges and circumstances that led to Fluke-Ekren’s arrest in Syria and subsequent transfer of her custody to the FBI in January 2022. She had been absent from the United States for approximately 11 year.

The following information was released by the DOJ Public Affairs Office:

A US citizen pleaded guilty [June 7, 2022] in the Eastern District of Virginia to organize and lead an all-female military battalion in Syria on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

According to court documents, Allison Fluke-Ekren, aka Allison Ekren, aka Umm Mohammed al-Amriki and alias Umm Mohammed, 42, a former resident of Kansas, traveled abroad and from September 2011 or around May 2019 or around May 2019, became engaged in terrorism-related activities in several countries, including Syria, Libya and Iraq. Fluke-Ekren eventually served as the leader and organizer of an ISIS military battalion, known as Khatiba Nusaybah, where she trained women in the use of AK-47 assault rifles at automatic fire, grenades and suicide belts. More than 100 women and girls, some as young as 10 or 11, received military training from Fluke-Ekren in Syria on behalf of ISIS.

In or around 2008, Fluke-Ekren left the United States and moved to Egypt with her second husband, a former member of the terrorist organization Ansar al-Sharia, now deceased. Fluke-Ekren resided in Egypt until or around 2011, when she moved to Libya. Towards the end of 2011, Fluke-Ekren was residing with her second husband in, among other places, Benghazi, Libya. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the US Special Mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Fluke-Ekren’s second husband claimed he removed at least one box of documents and at least one electronic device of the US compound in Benghazi. He brought the items to the residence where he was residing with Fluke-Ekren and others at that time. Fluke-Ekren assisted her second husband in reviewing and summarizing the contents of stolen US government documents. The stolen documents and electronic device, along with summaries that Fluke-Ekren helped prepare, were provided to Ansar al-Sharia leaders in Benghazi.

In late 2012 or late 2012, Fluke-Ekren, her second husband, and others traveled from Libya to Turkey. Soon after, they traveled from Turkey to Syria. After about six weeks, Fluke-Ekren returned to Turkey while her second husband remained in Syria. Fluke-Ekren’s second husband rose through the ranks of ISIS and eventually became the “emir” (leader) of ISIS snipers in Syria. Around mid-2014 or around mid-2014, Fluke-Ekren and others were smuggled back to Syria. While residing in Syria, Fluke-Ekren told a witness of her desire to carry out an attack in the United States. To carry out the attack, Fluke-Ekren explained that she could go to a shopping center in the United States, park a vehicle filled with explosives in the basement or parking level of the structure and detonate the explosives. in the vehicle with a cell phone. trigger device. Fluke-Ekren also talked about learning how to make bombs and explosives. Fluke-Ekren further stated that she considers any attack that does not kill a large number of individuals a waste of resources. Fluke-Ekren would hear about external attacks taking place in countries other than the United States and would comment that she would have preferred the attack to occur on American soil.

In 2014, ISIS officials sent a female ISIS operative from Central America to Ablah, Syria, where she resided at a nearby Fluke-Ekren residence for about 18 days. This witness visited Fluke-Ekren at his residence in Syria on several occasions. During these visits, Fluke-Ekren discussed ideas for an attack involving the use of explosives on an American college campus in the Midwest.

In or around 2015, Fluke-Ekren, her second husband, and others moved from Syria to Mosul, Iraq, where they temporarily resided in an ISIS-controlled compound within the University of Mosul. . When Fluke-Ekren arrived in Mosul, she met ISIS operatives who were in charge of homes for widowed women whose husbands had died fighting for ISIS. Fluke-Ekren helped ISIS staff by providing ideas for how the houses should work and function.

Around mid-2016 or mid-2016, Fluke-Ekren led and organized an effort to establish a center for women in Raqqa, Syria. Fluke-Ekren obtained permission from the “Wali”, the ISIS-appointed mayor of Raqqa, to establish the center. There, Fluke-Ekren and others provided medical services, educational services on Islamic State, child care, and various trainings for women and girls. As head of the center, Fluke-Ekren also provided and assisted other female ISIS operatives to train many women and girls in the use of AK-47 long-range assault rifles. automatic, grenades and explosive suicide belts.

Towards the end of 2016 or towards the end of 2016, the “Wali” of Raqqa of ISIS approved the creation of the “Khatiba Nusaybah” – a military battalion composed only of female members of ISIS. The Khatiba Nusaybah began operations on behalf of the terrorist organization in or around February 2017. Fluke-Ekren’s primary goal as the leader and organizer of the Khatiba Nusaybah Battalion was to teach female ISIS members how to defend themselves against ISIS enemies, including assisting male fighters. defend Raqqa controlled by the Islamic State. Fluke-Ekren sought to motivate its trainees by explaining how female fighters can ensure that the Islamic State is kept alive by “helping the Islamic State to expand and stay” through the use of weapons , including automatic-firing AK-47 assault rifles, grenades, and suicide belts. packed with explosives. In addition, witnesses with direct knowledge testified that the Khatiba Nusaybah also provided some members with physical training instruction, including martial arts, medical training, on-board improvised explosive device training, ISIS religious classes, and how to pack and prepare a “go bag” with guns and other military supplies.

In 2018, Fluke-Ekren informed another witness that she had asked someone in Syria to send a message to one of her family members that Fluke-Ekren was dead so that the US government would not attempt to locate it. Fluke-Ekren informed this same witness that it was important to kill the “kuffar” (unbelievers) and to die as martyrs in the name of the Islamic State in Syria. Fluke-Ekren had been outside the United States since or about January 8, 2011, until she was taken into custody in the Eastern District of Virginia on January 28.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Deputy Director-in-Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the Field Office of the FBI in Washington made the announcement after the US District. Judge Leonie M. Brinkema accepted the plea.

Fluke-Ekren pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization and is expected to be sentenced Oct. 25. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gibbs for the Eastern District of Virginia are pursuing the case, with help from the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.