By ERIC TUCKER, Related Press
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An American lady is ready to plead responsible Tuesday to main an all-female battalion of Islamic State militants in Syria, court docket information present.
A plea listening to for Allison Fluke-Ekren is to happen in federal court docket in Alexandria, Virginia, in line with a court docket notation. Her lawyer didn’t instantly return an electronic mail looking for remark.
Fluke-Ekren, who as soon as lived in Kansas, was delivered to the U.S. in January to face a legal cost of offering materials assist to a overseas terrorist group. She moved to Egypt in 2008 and beginning in late 2016, in line with prosecutors, she led an all-female Islamic State unit within the Syrian metropolis of Raqqa that was skilled in using AK-47 rifles, grenades and suicide belts.
A detention memo filed by First Assistant U.S. Lawyer Raj Parekh says she skilled youngsters tips on how to use assault rifles and a minimum of one witness noticed certainly one of her youngsters — roughly 6 or 7 years outdated — holding a machine gun within the household’s dwelling in Syria.
Prosecutors have additionally mentioned Fluke-Ekren needed to recruit operatives to assault a university campus within the U.S. and mentioned a terrorist assault on a shopping center. She advised one witness that “she thought-about any assault that didn’t kill a lot of people to be a waste of assets,” in line with an FBI affidavit.
A legal grievance in opposition to Fluke-Ekren was filed underneath seal in 2019 however not made public till she was introduced again to the U.S. to face expenses.
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