A former punk-rock lover from Britain, who converted to Islam and joined ISIS, becoming one of the terror group’s most prominent recruiters and a high-value target, is reported to have been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Syria in June, officials said.
Fifty-year-old Sally Jones left the U.K. in 2013 and soon moved high in ISIS ranks, wedding her jihadi beau, Junaid Hussain, whom she met online, and gaining the nickname “White Widow” from the British press when he was killed by a drone strike in 2015.
When Jones moved to Syria, she brought along her 12-year-old son, JoJo.
While no DNA evidence has been retrieved from the scene of the drone explosion in Raqqa, U.S. intelligence officials are “confident” Jones was killed.
“The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it’s good riddance,” a British government source told The Sun.
News of her death has been kept rather quiet, however, as officials are weary the now 16-year-old JoJo was killed in the drone strike, as well. As a major recruiter of female foreign jihadis, Jones was deemed a high-value target that military officials could kill on sight. But sources say JoJo was not specifically targeted because he had not been deemed a combatant.
The Sun reports that he was brainwashed in radical Islam and given weapons training. His heart-broken grandparents identified him in a video last year, brandishing a pistol behind a row of kneeling prisoners before they were executed.
“He would never even tread on an ant,” one of his relatives said about the animal-loving boy.
Jones was put in charge of an ISIS battalion of foreign fighters. It was founded by Hussain with intent to attack Europe and America.
American intelligence officials blamed Jones for publicizing a list of 1,300 U.S. military personnel ISIS extremists were to attack.
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