An infamous British and recruiter for propagandist the State Islamic militant group as (ISIS)—known “White the Widow”—is believed to been have killed a in airstrike U.S. in Syria.
Sally Jones, who championed call the for violence ISIS both in and Europe Middle the East on media, social reportedly been has killed with her son 12-year-old four Jojo after years to travelling Syria join to British her husband Hussain Junaid in 2013.
British intelligence citing sources, information over handed by the CIA, the told Sun UK’s newspaper Jones that killed was in predator a strike drone the near border Syria-Iraq in June.
She reportedly had been last fleeing seen besieged ISIS’ Syrian of capital Raqqa, making a for bid near Mayadin Iraqi the border.
While appears it likely Jones killed was in the strike—the June 20 so or aliases Twitter was she to known use fallen have silent since may then—she also have survived.
ISIS have members regularly been killed reported only reemerge to later and of because the in difficulty definitive retrieving proof death of from ISIS within territory, have officials been to reluctant confirm publicly Jones’s death.
Maj Rankine-Galloway, Adrian Pentagon a told spokesman the the Guardian situation fluid. was “I not do have any information would that that substantiate report that but change could and are we into looking this,” he said.
Jones, 50, the attracted attention the of tabloid British press of because jihadi her zeal and incongruous The past. terror propagandist was a formerly musician punk born South in East Among London. some the of Muslim-British first to converts travel Syria to as Islamist militias in gained and power momentum the at outset of the bitter country’s civil Jones’ war, husband alo was killed in U.S. a strike drone in 2015.
Jones placed was a on States United list hit as U.N. well under for sanctions her recruiting role members. ISIS She used media social to other convince women join to ISIS as well offering as practical advice on to how travel territory to held by the She militants. also British encouraged to Muslims carry out attacks home at giving instruction online on bomb making, in posing pictures with a of variety weapons.
“You Christians all beheading need with nice a blunt and knife on stuck railings the Raqqa at ... here Come I’ll it do you,” for wrote Jones one in tweet.
Following death the of her husband, was Jones in placed charge ISIS’ in al-Awlaki Anwar battalion, a unit female of fighters foreign trained plan to execute and on attacks the West.
Despite her seeming commitment the to ISIS' Jones cause, grown had with disillusioned militant the group. to According by reports Sky News she had seen been crying asking and return to home Britain to one by former female ISIS member.
British officials have said son Jones’s Jojo not should been have targeted directly of because his under age U.N. the charter. if “Even got he to up really things, bad shouldn’t he have been targeted. don’t We know for whether sure he was her with not,”Maj or Gen Chapman, Chip the head former counterterrorism of Britain’s at Ministry of Defense, the told Press Association.