I’m glad they’ve killed her

White Widow’s ex-lover and fa­ther of her son greets news of US drone strike

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Larisa Brown, Andy Dolan, Chris Green­wood and Emine Sin­maz

THE fa­ther of a 12-year-old boy be­lieved to have been killed in a US drone strike with his ter­ror­ist mother last night said he is ‘glad she is dead’.

In­tel­li­gence re­ports said Dar­ren Dixon’s son JoJo was ‘likely’ to have been killed when a mis­sile took out his mother Sally Jones, known as the White Widow, near the Syria and Iraq bor­der in June.

The mother-of-two was Bri­tain’s most wanted woman after leav­ing her home in Chatham, Kent, in 2013, and flee­ing with JoJo, her youngest child, to join Is­lamic State in Syria.

Last night a de­fence source said the strike had been car­ried out by the CIA, which runs a fleet of Preda­tor drones armed with Hell­fire mis­siles. It is un­der­stood the UK gov­ern­ment was not con­sulted be­fore­hand.

The op­er­a­tion was made pos­si­ble after Pres­i­dent Trump granted the CIA pow­ers to kill ter­ror sus­pects with drone strikes – out­side the con­trol of the mil­i­tary – in March.

Jones, a Mus­lim con­vert, was a key IS re­cruiter of fe­male ji­hadis and had been des­ig­nated a high value tar­get be­cause of the threat she posed to the West. She was be­lieved to have been on her way from the group’s de facto cap­i­tal Raqqa to the bor­der town of Mayadin when she was killed. A ter­ror unit tasked with or­ches­trat­ing at­tacks on the West had moved to Mayadin in re­cent months.

De­fence Sec­re­tary Sir Michael Fallon said: ‘I can con­firm, if you are a Bri­tish na­tional in Iraq or Syria and if you have cho­sen to fight for Daesh [IS]…then you have made your­self a le­git­i­mate tar­get and you run the risk…of be­ing at the wrong end of an RAF or a United States mis­sile.’

Last night the un­named brother of one of Jones’s re­cruits told ITV News: ‘Sally Jones was an evil woman who has de­stroyed our fam­ily and I hope she rots in hell.’

Mean­while, Mr Dixon, who was in a re­la­tion­ship with Jones years be­fore she fled to Syria, said: ‘I’m f ****** glad she’s dead.’

A friend of his added: ‘He has just found out his son might have died. The man has suf­fered enough.’

Ka­t­rina Wilkinson, the sis­ter of an­other of Sally’s ex-part­ners, Jonathan, who had a child with Sally named Johnny, said: ‘I’m glad she’s gone. I’m glad she’s dead.

‘She’s a psy­cho and go­ing to Syria is just some­thing that she would do. It’s be­yond me that she took her lit­tle one with her.’

Miss Wilkinson, 44, said she felt sorry for Johnny, now in his early 20s, whose fa­ther died aged 29 from al­co­hol-in­duced liver cir­rho­sis. She added: ‘The poor guy has no im­me­di­ate fam­ily left…I feel gut­ted for Johnny and the fact lit­tle JoJo was dragged into it. As a baby be­ing dragged over there and be­ing brain­washed and now he could be dead…I think it’s dis­gust­ing for a par­ent.’

The Daily Mail re­vealed ear­lier this year that UK civil­ians were be­ing killed in air strikes with­out Par­lia­ment be­ing told.

It is thought Jones, 50, is the sixth Bri­ton killed in Syria by a drone strike. Min­is­ters have re­peat­edly re­fused to dis­close the num­ber of UK civil­ians killed by RAF jets in Iraq and Syria.

No 10 yes­ter­day said there was no re­quire­ment for them to do so. A spokesman said: ‘Any­one who does travel to Syria for any rea­son is putting them in con­sid­er­able dan­ger and that’s par­tic­u­larly true if they’re fight­ing for our en­e­mies.’

White­hall sources con­firmed Jones – whose ji­hadi hus­band Ju­naid Hus­sain was wiped out by a drone in 2015 – was killed in June in a US op­er­a­tion. They stressed it did not in­volve any Bri­tish as­sets.

Sources said they could not be 100 per cent sure she was dead, but that she had stopped us­ing so­cial me­dia and had not been spot­ted.

Her son, whom she had reg­u­larly used as a shield, was with her. It was said to be ‘likely’ he had been killed. He was not de­lib­er­ately tar­geted, de­fence sources said.

US in­tel­li­gence is un­der­stood to blame Jones for re­leas­ing a list of 1,300 US mil­i­tary per­son­nel for IS fa­nat­ics to at­tack. The CIA de­clined to com­ment on the case.

‘De­stroyed our fam­ily’

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