US drone kills ‘white widow’ re­cruiter of women for IS

● For­mer punk rocker con­demned west and en­cour­aged at­tacks in Bri­tain

The Scotsman - - Features - By RACHAEL BURNETT and NINA MASSEY

A Bri­tish IS re­cruiter dubbed the White Widow is un­der­stood to have been killed in a US drone strike close to the border between Syria and Iraq by a US Air Force strike in June.

Sally-anne Jones and her hus­band Ju­naid Hus­sain went to Syria in 2013 to join IS.

He was killed by a US drone in 2015, and had al­legedly been plan­ning “bar­baric at­tacks against the West”, in­clud­ing ter­ror plots tar­get­ing “high­pro­file pub­lic com­mem­o­ra­tions” this sum­mer.

News of her death was not made pub­lic amid fears that her 12-year-old son Jojo may also have been killed, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Jones, who was pre­vi­ously a mem­ber of an all-fe­male punk rock group, left her home in Chatham, Kent, af­ter con­vert­ing to Is­lam.

She used her Twit­ter ac­count to re­cruit women and pro­vided prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to travel to Syria.

Born in Green­wich, Lon­don, she en­cour­aged in­di­vid­u­als to carry out at­tacks in Bri­tain, of­fer­ing guid­ance on how to con­struct home-made bombs.

She has also shared pic­tures of her­self pos­ing with weapons.

Jones also posted mes­sag-

0 ‘White Widow’ Sally-anne Jones was killed in an airstrike in June es in sup­port of IS as well as ex­trem­ist com­ments such as: “You Chris­tians all need be­head­ing with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the rail­ings at Raqqa ... Come here I’ll do it for you.”

A For­eign Of­fice spokes­woman said: “We do not com­ment on mat­ters of na­tional se­cu­rity.”

Ma­jor Gen­eral Chip Chap­man, the for­mer MOD head of counter ter­ror, said Jones would have been a “sig­nif­i­cant” tar­get as a re­sult of her al­liance with Hus­sain and her role in re­cruit­ing IS fight­ers.

Re­fer­ring to re­ports her son was killed in the strike, he added: “It is a dif­fi­cult one be­cause un­der the UN Char­ters he is un­der the age of what we would clas­sify as a sol­dier.”

He con­tin­ued: “Even if he got up to re­ally bad things, he shouldn’t have been tar­geted. We don’t know for sure whether he was with her or not.”

Jones is thought to be the lat­est in a line of in­fa­mous Bri­tons – in­clud­ing her hus­band – to die af­ter join­ing IS.

Ruhul Amin, 26, who fea­tured in an IS re­cruit­ment video un­der the name Brother­abubaraal­hindi, was­born in Bangladesh and grew up in Aberdeen. In 2014 he boasted on ITV’S Good Morn­ing Bri­tain that he had been “in­volved in a few com­bats” in Syria.

Mo­hammedemwazi–known as Ji­hadi John – ap­peared in a video in Au­gust 2014 in which he ap­peared to be­head US jour­nal­ist James Fo­ley.

They were both re­port­edly killed in airstrikes in 2015.

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