White Widow sen­tenced her son to death


Daily Star - - News - By JERRY LAWTON Chief Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

JI­HADI drone vic­tim Sally Jones – dubbed the White Widow – was last night branded a mur­derer for drag­ging her 12-year-old son to hell.

Jones was blown up by a mis­sile fired by a US Air Force Preda­tor as she tried to flee the ter­ror net­work’s be­sieged strong­hold of Raqqa in Syria.

Her son JoJo – whom she took with her when she quit Bri­tain to join Isis in 2013 – is be­lieved to have been killed with her.

Jones, 50 – who got her nick­name af­ter be­com­ing a lead­ing Isis re­cruiter – is known to have used the young­ster as a hu­man shield.

The brain­washed boy had also ap­peared in sick­en­ing pro­pa­ganda videos for the ter­ror group.

A nine-minute Isis film is­sued last year ap­peared to show him ex­e­cut­ing a cap­tured pris­oner in a fir­ing squad.


Yes­ter­day, as news of Jones’s death in June was con­firmed by Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence sources, hu­man rights watch­dog Amnesty In­ter­na­tional de­manded an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A spokesman said the boy’s re­ported death “gives rise to some very se­ri­ous ques­tions”.

He added: “We need to know whether the UK or US au­thor­i­ties made any as­sess­ment of the dan­gers of killing or in­jur­ing oth­ers at the time of the drone strike.

“The at­tack on Ms Jones is an­other wor­ry­ing ex­am­ple of a drone strike car­ried out in cir­cum­stances of ques­tion­able le­gal­ity lead­ing to sum­mary killings in­clud­ing that of a child.’’

Jones, from Chatham, Kent, was killed near the Syria-Iraq border as rebels moved in to drive Isis out of Raqqa. She fled to the trou­ble-torn re­gion with Brit hus­band Ju­naid Hus­sain, who was killed by a US drone strike in 2015.

Last night De­fence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon said all Bri­tish na­tion­als fight­ing with Isis in Syria were a “le­git­i­mate tar­get”.

He added: “If you have cho­sen to fight for an il­le­gal or­gan­i­sa­tion that is pre­par­ing and in­spir­ing ter­ror at­tacks you run the risk ev­ery hour of be­ing on the wrong end of a mis­sile.’’

Last year JoJo’s dad Dar­ren Dixon said his son was “bril­liant, just a nor­mal boy, al­ways chas­ing bugs, go­ing down the park”.

And Jones’s step­dad Terry Lynch said she had “no right” to take his grand­son with her to join Isis.

“The sooner they blow her up the bet­ter,’’ he said then.

“She’s a nut­ter. She’s a crank.”jerry.lawton@dai­lystar.co.uk

TER­ROR BOY: JoJo seen bran­dish­ing a gun in an Isis pro­pa­ganda video

PROUD MUM: With a young JoJo

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