Isis 'White Widow' Sally Jones is killed by United States drone strike

Marie Harrington
October 13, 2017

Reports suggest that Jones and her son were both killed in a drone strike in June, but this has not been officially confirmed. It is likely that her son Jojo, 12, was also killed.

The former punk rocker from Kent fled to Syria with her son in 2013 and became a leading recruitment officer for Islamic State.

Media report that Sally Jones (50), an infamous Daesh militant known as the "White Widow" has been killed in Syria.

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

Jones has used her son-who has previously appeared in an ISIS execution video-as a human shield in the past, prompting speculation that he may have been killed in the drone strike.

Jonesreportedly used an image of herself stylized as a nun and pointing a gun towards the camera when she posted propaganda online. "Come here I'll do it for you".

A Whitehall source told The Sun: "The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa".

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Major General Chip Chapman, the former MoD head of counter terror, said Jones would have been a "significant" target as a result of her alliance with Hussain and her role in recruiting IS fighters.

Azadeh Moaveni, author of the book Lipstick Jihad, said that Jones had been one of Islamic State's "most iconic recruiters".

Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London, told the U.K. Guardian Thursday that Jones' death would constitute "the first woman I know of who's been specifically targeted in this way".

"If you take out those who are high value target women it is going to have an impact at the operation level of IS".

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "aware of the reports" around Jones's death but was "not in a position to comment further".

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

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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