Bri­tish IS re­cruiter killed in drone strike

■ Jones dubbed as the “White Widow” by UK me­dia, is be­lieved to have been killed along with her mi­nor son

The Hitavada - - FRONT PAGE - ■ By Aditi Khanna

A BRI­TISH mem­ber of the Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror­ist net­work, dubbed as the “White Widow” by UK me­dia, has been killed along with her mi­nor son in a US drone strike in Syria, me­dia re­ports said on Thurs­day.

Sally Jones, known for a her pro­lific pro-IS pro­pa­ganda on so­cial me­dia and of­ten de­scribed as the world’s most wanted ter­ror­ist, is be­lieved to have been killed along with her 12- yearold son Jojo.

The 50year-old was a punk rocker from the county of Kent in Eng­land be­fore she con­verted to Is­lam and went on to be­come one of the most no­to­ri­ous re­cruiters for IS. “The premise that Jones and her son are dead is prob­a­bly ac­cu­rate,” a UK govern­ment source was quoted as say­ing by ‘The Times’. Jones’ hus­band, 21-year-old Ju­naid Hus­sain who was a com­puter hacker from Birm­ing­ham and also an IS mem­ber, was killed in a drone strike in the ter­ror­ist group’s for­mer

strong­hold of Raqqa, Syria, in Au­gust 2015. Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence had as­sisted in that op­er­a­tion.

MI6 spies were re­port­edly track­ing the move­ments of Jones, who trav­elled with Jojo to Syria in 2013 to marry Hus­sain. The hus­band and wife were since on a US “kill list” of high-value tar­gets.

Jones’ death brings to at least six the num­ber of known Bri­tish IS ter­ror­ists to have been killed in drone strikes in Syria.

The true num­ber is likely to be higher as it is of­ten dif­fi­cult to ver­ify the iden­tity of ji­hadists killed from the air.

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. She had been at­tempt­ing to flee Raqqa as it came un­der in­creased bom­bard­ment from the US, Bri­tish and other coali­tion air­craft as well as Amer­i­can-backed lo­cal forces on the ground in the long-run­ning cam­paign against IS in Iraq and Syria.

Sally Jones

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