'White widow' British IS recruiter killed


'White widow' British IS recruiter killed

The British member of Islamic State Sally Jones is believed to have been killed, along with her 12-year-old son Jojo, in a U.S. airstrike. The Sun reported on Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency told their British counterparts that Jones, 50, died in an airstrike near the Syria-Iraq border.

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

There haven't been many tears shed for Ms Jones, A Whitehall source told The Sun: "The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa".

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May declined to comment on the report, but said that the "U.K. advises against all travel to Syria". A British government source told the newspaper.

The British Muslim extremist known as the "White Widow" has reportedly been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Syria. Other members of Isis have been reported dead only to reappear.

How did Jones become involved with ISIS?

Fifty-years-old Jones was born in Greenwich, southeast London, and later moved to Kent.

The report does not say whether he was with her at the time of the strike. She met Junaid Hussain, a British-Pakistani computer hacker who worked for the terror group, online and married him to become a "jihadi bride". He reportedly travelled to Syria in 2013 despite being on police bail.

In one conversation with an undercover journalist, Jones detailed the materials needed to make a bomb and said she could help construct a device remotely.

In 2016 she posted a message saying "Have a nice summer".

She was linked to a number of failed ISIS plots, including one to target the Queen, and played a role in publishing online lists of USA military personnel.

Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for the New York Times, also said two senior USA officials denied that Jones was dead.

The city is now besieged as coalition forces attempt to drive back ISIS.

The Pentagon was unable to confirm her death. She was marked as a "high priority" on the US's kill list earlier this year, the newspaper added.

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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