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
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.