For directing the Khatiba Nusaybah, an all-female ISIS battalion in Raqqa, Syria, Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, was given a two-decade prison term on Tuesday. She was raised on a farm in Overbrook, Kansas.
During the hearing, the children of Fluke-Ekren pleaded with the judge to impose the maximum penalty of 20 years.
Before being sentenced, Fluke-Ekren talked to the judge in a tearful manner. I regret my decisions a great deal, but I also feel great empathy for Syrian women who are subjected to abuse and rape.
Fluke-Ekren said she translated and examined papers obtained from the United States in a plea agreement she reached with the government. Libyan Consulate following the 2012 terrorist attack on the building
She made an effort to defend some of her choices made during her seven years in Syria in front of the court. I was worried about how I behaved in Benghazi. Honestly, I couldn’t see a way out.
Fluke-Ekren also emphasized that she had spent the majority of her time in Syria taking care of her several children as well as other children and their mothers.
Fluke-Ekren had “downplayed the effect” of her involvement in the Benghazi incident, according to US judge Leonie Brinkema, who stated that she did not find her allegations to be “wholly credible.” I don’t think you were a helpless victim. You were an after-the-fact accessory, knowing and willingly.
There is no doubt that you were giving material support to a terrorist organization, the judge added, reiterating numerous times throughout the session that this was the offense for which Fluke-Ekren would receive a sentence.
Two of Fluke-adult Ekren’s children made passionate speeches against their mother earlier in the sentencing session.
Before Layla Ekren had the chance to inform Brinkema that her mother had assaulted her when she was a child, she spent nearly an hour in court visibly shaking. She related a story to the court about a time when the family had lice in Syria and her mother pulled her down on the ground while pouring medicine in an apparent attempt to blind her.
Layla Ekren also related the tale of her mother weding her “to a random ISIS warrior as a sex slave” when she was 13 years old.
Later, Brinkema persuaded Fluke-Ekren to allow her 13-year-old daughter to get married in Syria.
Her 14th birthday was coming up, according to Fluke-Ekren.
Brinkema retorted, “I don’t think that makes much of a difference.”
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In a brief detailing the charges against Fluke-Ekren, first assistant U.S. attorney Raj Parekh claimed that she encouraged another woman to carry out a suicide bombing and claimed that her oldest kid was conceived after she was raped by an American soldier in order to curry favor with other terrorists.
Allison Fluke-Ekren groomed young females to kill by brainwashing them. By physically, psychologically, emotionally, and sexually assaulting her own children, she constructed a road of dread and drove them to unimaginable levels of depravity, Parekh wrote in the report.
The Khatiba Nusaybah, which taught girls as young as 10 how to use suicide belts and automatic firearms, was refuted by Fluke-Ekren as being more of a gathering place for women in Raqqa.