I saw this today on The New York Times – Kansas Woman Who Joined ISIS Left a ‘Trail of Betrayal’: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/07/us/politics/islamic-state-fluke-ekren.html/. Longer article. Here’s the free version of the article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kansas-woman-who-joined-isis-left-a-trail-of-betrayal/ar-AAYbPQw?li=BBnb7Kz.
Adam Goldman June 7, 2022
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A teacher from Kansas who had converted to Islam traveled to the most dangerous conflicts in the world — Libya, Iraq, Syria — hoping to wage war.
Syria was where the teacher, Allison Fluke-Ekren, ultimately made her mark: She rose through the ranks of the Islamic State, commanding a battalion of female fighters and training more than 100 women and girls, including her own daughter.
Even as her daughter eventually escaped to Kansas in 2017, Ms. Fluke-Ekren stayed, hoping to die defending the so-called caliphate and trying to trick her family in the United States into believing she was no longer alive. She was finally detained in the summer of 2021, held by unknown forces in Syria, before being brought to the Eastern District of Virginia in January on a charge of providing material support to terrorists.
On Tuesday, Ms. Fluke-Ekren, 42, pleaded guilty to the single charge in a federal courtroom in Northern Virginia. As part of a plea deal, Ms. Fluke-Ekren detailed her role in Syria as well as a previously undisclosed connection to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.