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CHICAGO: On Saturday the United States Department of Justice unveiled the allegations against an American woman who led a terrorist team of the Daesh all-female battalion planning attacks on US universities.

Allison Fluke-Ekren was charged with a sealed indictment after she was arrested in Syria in 2019 and was transferred into FBI custody over the weekend to face a federal court judge in Alexandria, Virginia on Monday.

Fluke-Ekren, also known as Allison Elizabeth Brooks, Allison Ekren, Umm Mohammed Al-Amriki, Umm Mohammed and Umm Jabril, traveled to Syria in 2014 to organize terrorist attacks, the prosecution claims.

Department of Justice officials said the 42-year-old former Kansas resident has recruited agents for a potential future attack on a college campus in the United States.

She served as the appointed leader and organizer of a Daesh military battalion known as Khatiba Nusaybah to train women in the use of AK-47 self-firing assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts.

Fluke-Ekren is accused of “providing and conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization”. If you are convicted, you face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

According to information released on Sunday, he allegedly provided accommodation for Daesh members, translated speeches made by Daesh leaders to his recruits into Arabic, and even trained children in the use of AK-47 assault rifles and suicide belts and teaching extremist Daesh doctrine.

The complaint detailed eyewitness observations of six people who collectively observed his alleged terrorist conduct from at least 2014 until about 2017.

According to the FBI, he allegedly told a witness of his desire to lead an attack in the United States.

“To conduct the attack, Fluke-Ekren allegedly explained that he could have gone to a shopping mall in the United States, parked a vehicle full of explosives in the basement or garage level of the facility, and detonated the explosives in the vehicle with a device. cell phone activation According to the Justice Department, Fluke-Ekren considered any attack that did not kill large numbers of individuals a waste of resources.

As stated by the same witness, Fluke-Ekren would have heard of external attacks occurring in countries outside the United States and would have commented that he would have preferred the attack to have taken place on US soil instead.

The complaint further described his alleged leadership role in Khatiba Nusaybah, noting that a witness testified that in late 2016 or late 2016, the “wali” (or Daesh-appointed mayor) of Raqqa, Syria, allegedly allowed the opening of the Khatiba Nusaybah, a military battalion composed exclusively of female Daesh members who were married to male Daesh fighters.

Shortly thereafter, Fluke-Ekren would become the leader and organizer of the battalion. His supposed main goal in this role was to teach Daesh women how to defend themselves from his enemies.

According to another witness, Daesh has instructed the women who were in Raqqa during the 2017 siege to participate in the training. The siege was launched by the Syrian democratic forces against Daesh with the aim of taking Raqqa, the former de facto capital of the militant organization in Syria.

The battle began around 6 June 2017 and ended around 17 October 2017, at which point the SDF regained control of Raqqa.

Khatiba Nusaybah members would be instructed on physical training, medical training, IED driving courses in vehicles, religion lessons, and how to pack and prepare a “travel bag” with rifles and other military supplies.

According to eyewitness accounts, some of these classes were said to have been taught by Fluke-Ekren. One witness in particular would have observed that Daesh leaders and other battalion members were proud to have a US instructor.

This was announced by United States Attorney Jessica D. Aber for the Eastern District of Virginia, Deputy Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the National Security Division of the Justice Department and Deputy Director-in-Office Steven M. D’Antuono of Washington Field. Office of the FBI.

First Assistant US Attorney Raj Parekh and Assistant US Attorney John T. Gibbs of the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia are pursuing the case, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the United States. national security division.

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