The Kansas native and ‘ISIS mom’ convicted of leading an all-female battalion of Islamic State warriors in Syria had an extended history of horrifying, abusive behavior that included the sexual and physical abuse of her own children.
Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, will be sentenced on November 1 for her litany of crimes, including providing material support to the Islamic State. Prosecutors are seeking the maximum 20-year sentence, which family members have argued in support of, according to court filings.
The woman’s first ex-husband, Kansas mechanic James Fluke, previously told DailyMail.com that he hoped they ‘lock her up and throw away the key.’ He claims she fled to the Middle East with his young children and attempted to ransom them back to him.
This undated photo provided by the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office in January 2022 shows Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, who is accused of joining ISIS and leading an all-female battalion
In a letter to the court, a daughter of Fluke-Ekren who is now an adult wrote, ‘My mother would beat my body, leaving my muscles cramping in agony. (She) would then go to her room and masturbate over the fact that she beat me. I could hear her from the other room.’
The terrorist’s oldest son also says he was molested.
‘My mother is a monster who enjoys torturing children for sexual pleasure,’ he wrote in a letter to the court.
The woman’s own parents described her as manipulative and difficult from an early age. Other family members recalled how she would happily retell the story of how she attempted to drown her brother in an icy lake as a child.
Fluke-Ekren, who once lived in Kansas, moved with her second husband, Volkan Ekren, and four children to Egypt in 2008
Prosecutors say Fluke-Ekren (pictured with her second husband and family) wanted to recruit operatives to attack a college campus in the U.S. and discussed a terrorist attack on a shopping mall
Fluke-Ekren has continued to deny the abuse and claim her family’s claims are incorrect.
In a sentencing memo, her defense attorney wrote that his client is ‘shocked and saddened by these allegations but acknowledged Witness-1 (her daughter) experienced trauma in Syria.’ She ‘cannot undo’ that pain, he added.
Her son said Fluke-Ekren has a long history of denying abuse claims.
‘I know her and I know she wants to lie her way out of this, to get a slap on the wrist and try to use a sob story to once again get power and access to victims,’ he wrote.
In his own sentencing memo, First Assistant US Attorney Raj Parekh detailed how Fluke-Ekren went from a childhood on a farm in Kansas to an Islamic State leader as she moved from Kansas to Egypt to Libya and finally to ISIS-controlled territory in Syria.
‘Allison Fluke-Ekren brainwashed young girls and trained them to kill. She carved a path of terror, plunging her own children into unfathomable depths of cruelty by physically, psychologically, emotionally, and sexually abusing them,’ Parekh wrote.
Throughout her bizarre and disturbing global travels, Fluke-Ekren collected five husbands and had 12 children, several of whom were killed in fighting.
Family and formerly close relations of Fluke-Ekren portrayed her as the driving force in radicalizing her romantic partners and children.
She also pitched her all-female battalion to other Islamic terror groups including Jabhat al-Nusra before the idea was accepted by the Islamic State.
The group she ultimately amassed and led – called Khatiba Nusaybah – consisted of close to 100 women and girls, some still juvenile, who were taught to use automatic weapons and detonate grenades and suicide belts.
Fluke-Ekren has repeatedly denied in court that the group explicitly trained child-fighters, though she has said children may have been present at weapons trainings.
The all-female unit, comprised of the wives of male ISIS fighters, was also trained in the use of AK-47 rifles.
Mechanic ex-husband James Fluke, 47, spoke to DailyMail.com early this year from the doorstep of his Topeka, Kansas home, revealing he lost all contact with his own children for 10 years after his ex-wife fled the U.S. with them
Former friends and family have shared details of Fluke-Ekren’s early stages of criticism for America and her eventual radicalization. She is seen as a young woman – back when she was known as Allison Brooks – with a flower tucked behind her ear in a field near Topeka, in a photo taken for an outdoor photography class in the mid-1990s
It is not yet clear how the allegations of abuse will impact the sentence that will shortly be imposed by US District Judge Leonie Brinkema – they are not directly related to the terrorism crimes for which she has been convicted.
The daughter claiming abuse will be allowed to testify at the sentencing hearing because she was a victim of her mother’s efforts in Khatiba Nusaybah, in which she was enrolled as a child.
Additional allegations made against Fluke-Ekren in the prosecutorial sentencing memo include her urging of a pregnant woman to commit a suicide bombing, her claim that her oldest son was born of a rape by an American solider, and her forced marriage of her 13-year-old daughter to an Islamic State fighter.
Fluke-Ekren initially joined the Islamic State in 2014 and began leading the battalion in 2016. Prosecutors claimed that one of her goals was to see a terror attack carried out on an a US college campus. She had also discussed such an attack occurring at a shopping mall.
In early 2016, her second husband Volkan Ekren, with whom she moved to Egypt, was killed in Syria while attempting to carry out a terror attack. Ekren was from a powerful Turkish family and met Fluke while she attended college at the University of Kansas.
She then married a Bangladeshi ISIS member who died just one year later.
She then remarried again, this time to a prominent Islamic state leader who was responsible for the group’s defense of Raqqa, the Syrian city that became the center of ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate
Fluke-Ekren is pictured with her family riding camels and horses at the foot of the pyramids in Egypt. She later relocated to Syria, allegedly to join Islamic extremists
Fluke-Ekren taught children in Egypt when she first moved abroad. She is pictured here with a former class of young students
According to family members, Fluke-Ekren’s eldest son, Gabriel (left) now 25, managed to escape to the US when he was 17 and has made a quiet new life for himself, but his sister Alaina, now 24, (right) remains missing and could still be in Syria
Fluke-Ekren’s first husband spoke with the Daily Mail early this year about his ex-wife’s alleged kidnapping of their young children.
‘I hope they lock her up and throw away the key,’ he told the publication in February. ‘She kidnapped my kids for ten years. She’s manipulative. She always has been. She’s always wanted the spotlight. There is no way to adequately describe how manipulative she is.’
Speaking at his modest home in a quiet corner of Topeka, Kansas, he continued: ‘Imagine your wife stabbing you with a sharp object and then for some odd reason she discusses this with you to the point where you are apologizing for it.’
Asked about his reaction to the terrorist accusations against her, James added: ‘I can’t even wrap my head around it. I hope she gets what she deserves. I hope it’s done right.’
One of James’ biological children with Fluke-Ekren, Gabriel – now in his mid-twenties – managed to escape and flee back to the United States when he was 17.
His other biological child, Alaina, who is one year younger than Gabriel, never returned. It is unclear where she is or if she is alive.