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Not in Kansas Anymore: US Woman Charged With Providing Support to ISIS

The US Department of Justice revealed Saturday that a former Kansas resident who has been living abroad since 2011 was brought back to the US recently to face charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization. Federal Prosecutors say Allison Fluke-Ekren, 42, joined the Islamic State group and led an all-female battalion of terrorists, the Khatiba Nusaybah, which trained women in the city of Raqqa, Syria, on the use of AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide belts. Fluke-Ekren, they say, also trained children to use AK-47s, and tried to recruit operatives for attacks on shopping malls and a US college campus. She told one witness that “she considered any attack that did not kill a large number of individuals to be a waste of resources,” according to an FBI affidavit. The details of her capture were not disclosed. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.