IS re­cruiter White Widow killed

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Bri­tish IS re­cruiter Sally-Anne Jones, nick­named the "White Widow", has been killed in a US drone strike, a me­dia re­port said.

Jones was said to have been killed in June in a US strike close to the border between Syria and Iraq, the Sun news­pa­per re­ported cit­ing CIA of­fi­cials. Pre­vi­ously a punk mu­si­cian, Jones was the world's most wanted fe­male ter­ror­ist for more than three years. Mus­lim con­vert Jones fled to Syria from Kent in 2013 and mar­ried com­puter hacker Ju­naid Hus­sain, an IS fighter from Birm­ing­ham, and took her then 11-year-old son, Joe Dixon, with her.

A White­hall source told the Sun: "The Amer­i­cans zapped her try­ing to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it's good rid­dance." CIA of­fi­cials told their UK coun­ter­parts that a US Air Force Preda­tor killed 50-year-old Jones. But news of the death was kept quiet over fears her son might have also been killed in the strike.

It is not known if her son was with her, the news­pa­per said.

Re­ports said Jones was last seen alive flee­ing the car­nage in Raqqa and head­ing to­wards the Syr­ian border town of Mayadin.

Jones reg­u­larly used her son as a hu­man shield, the re­port said. Jones was called the "White Widow" af­ter her hus­band Hus­sain was killed by a drone in 2015.

Jones used to re­cruit Western girls to the group and posted threat­en­ing mes­sages to Chris­tians in the UK. She used her Twit­ter ac­count to pro­vide prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to travel to Syria.

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