‘White Widow’ killed by US drone strike, re­ports claim

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

BRI­TISH IS re­cruiter Sally-Anne Jones is un­der­stood to have been killed in a US drone strike.

Jones, dubbed the White Widow, was killed close to the border between Syria and Iraq by a US Air Force strike in June, ac­cord­ing to The Sun.

She 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 “high-pro­file 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.

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.

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.

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