Britain’s most wanted female terrorist is believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike, according to local media.
Sally Jones, who recruited female jihadis to join the Islamic State, died in Syria in June, according to the Sun and other media. It is possible that her 12-year-old son Joe, or Jojo, was also killed in the strike, according to the reports.
The Sun reported that CIA officials told British intelligence that Jones was thought to have been killed by a U.S. Air Force Predator close to the border between Syria and Iraq.
Jones, 50, a former punk rock singer from the southern English county of Kent, traveled to Syria in 2013 to marry computer hacker Junaid Hussain. Hussain, 21, was a leading member of ISIS’s CyberCaliphate, the group responsible for hacking the U.S. military’s Twitter and YouTube accounts in 2015.
Hussain, from Birmingham in central England, was reportedly killed by a U.S. drone strike in August 2015, after which Jones was dubbed the “White Widow” by some media.
Jones was prominent on social media, recruiting a number of women to join ISIS under the pseudonym Umm Hussain al-Britani, with stories about how great life was with the militants. She also encouraged extremists to carry out attacks in the West.
U.S. intelligence chiefs said they cannot be 100% sure Jones was killed, but are “confident” she is dead, the Sun reported.
Who was Sally-Anne Jones?
Jones was a 50-year-old mother-of-two who left the UK with one of her sons in 2013 to join the “caliphate” in its early days. Her son was eight or nine at the time.
When she arrived she was married to Junaid Hussain, a British-Pakistani computer hacker who discovered the identities of 1,300 US personnel, many of whom were serving at UK air bases.
Hussain was killed in a US drone strike in 2015, aged 21, when he ventured out without Jones’ son, who was routinely used as a human shield by the pair. Following his death Jones became known as “the White Widow”.
Jones was reportedly responsible for publishing the names and details of the military personnel her husband had hacked – in a bid to allow Isis militants to target them.
She was supposedly behind a plot to assassinate the Queen and Prince Philip during a 2015 celebration commemorating Japan’s surrender during the Second World War.
The same year, the then Prime Minister David Cameron said Jones’ husband had planned “barbaric attacks against the West”, including a plot for a terror attack that targeted “high profile public commemorations”.
Jones was also said to have been among the plotters who masterminded Isis’ kidnapping of a US army veteran who was beheaded by the terror group.
Jones had numerous Twitter accounts and published pictures of herself posing with a Kalashnikov and a pistol.
‘White Widow’ Sally Jones ‘killed by US drone strike in Syria’
In a 2016 Twitter post she wrote: “I just wanna say… have a nice summer. I wouldn’t go into central London through June or July. Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t go there at all by Tube.”
That year she also called on women in London, Glasgow and Cardiff to carry out terror attacks during the holy month of Ramadan.
Latterly, Jones was said to be desperate to flee Syria and return to Britain.
Jones was born in Greenwich and lived in the dockyard town of Chatham in Kent. According to The Sun, she was her parents’ only daughter. Her father had been a greengrocer but committed suicide after he and his wife divorced. Jones was 10 years old at the time.
She left school at 16 and worked as a beautician, but was also a guitarist and singer in an all-female punk band in Kent in the 1990s, called Krunch.