British IS recruiter dubbed White Widow `killed in United States drone strikeĀ“

13 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • She was believed to have been heading toward the Syrian border settlement of Mayadin as the ISIS capital is besieged by coalition forces

Quoting a British intelligence source who had been briefed by U.S. counterparts, The Sun reported that Jones and her son had been killed in June close to Syria's border with Iraq, as she was attempting to flee the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa.

According to The Sun newspaper, a US Air Force Predator drone was used to kill Jones, who had adopted the Islamic nom de guerre of Umm Hussain al-Britani.

Officials said conditions on the ground prevent them from knowing for certain if Jones is dead, but her social media activity has been silent for months.

Jones, who was nicknamed the "White Widow", is believed to have publicized a list of American military personnel to be targeted by ISIS militants, led a group of female terrorists, and acted as a top recruiter online.

British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones, dubbed the White Widow, is understood to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

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News of Jones's death has not previously been made public amid fears that her 12-year-old son, Jojo, may also have been killed in the June strike, according to the Sun.

Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for the New York Times, also said two senior USA officials denied that Jones was dead.

Jones, 50, took her son Jojo and left her home in Chatham, Kent, for Syria to join her husband Junaid Hussain in 2013.

I guess that career didn't pan out for her, because she had converted to Islam, changed her name to Sakinah Hussain and moved to the Syrian Islamic State stronghold, Raqqa.

Before fleeing to Syria, computer hacker Hussain admitted publishing Tony Blair's address in 2011 and was jailed for six months after making hoax calls to a United Kingdom counter-terror hotline a year later.

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Later, Jones also images of her in a nun's costume with a gun and talked about her desire to behead Christians with a "nice blunt knife".

He said he would have preferred that Jones had faced trial, adding: "I represent a constituency that lost many people in 7/7 [the 2005 London bombings], and we remember what happened that day".

He said: "Recently IS have said women should get involved in jihad - that's a sign of weakness".

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May declined to comment on the report, but said that the "U.K. advises against all travel to Syria".

He continued: "Even if he got up to really bad things, he shouldn't have been targeted".

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