Sally-Anne Jones, UK's Most Wanted Terrorist, Killed In US Drone Strike, Reports Claim

Steven Hopkins

British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones, dubbed the White Widow, has been killed in a US drone strike, it has been reported.

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

Sky News also said sources had confirmed the death. 

The Ministry of Defence is not commenting on the reports, referring the matter to the Foreign Office who have declined to comment. 

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on matters of national security.”

Jones and her husband Junaid Hussain went to Syria in 2013 to join the so-called Islamic State.

He was killed by a US drone in 2015, and had reportedly been planning “barbaric attacks against the West” including terror plots targeting high profile public commemorations this summer.

Sally-Anne Jones has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike (Twitter)

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

Frank Gardner, the BBC’s security correspondent, told the Radio 4′s Today programme that it is “very likely” that Jones had been killed, but added that  unless special forces sent a team on the ground to gather DNA, there was no way to be 100% sure.

“But US sources are pretty certain that they have got her,” he said.

 

Gardner said Jones’ death would be “significant” to IS from a propaganda perspective, but that it would make, “no difference to Isis’s fortunes on the battleground”.

“She was useful for Isis as a symbolic Western figure who was prolific on social media,” he said.

Jones, who was previously the bass guitarist in all-girl punk rock group Krunch and a L’Oreal saleswoman, 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.

Jones was said to be a high priority target for the Pentagon because of suggested she was behind dozens of terror plots and was the leader of the secret Anwar al-Awlaki battalion’s female wing. 

She was said to be responsible for training European female terror recruits.  

Born in Greenwich, London, Jones encouraged individuals to carry out attacks in Britain, offering guidance on how to construct home-made bombs.

She has also shared pictures of herself posing with weapons and is believed to be the sixth Briton killed by drones in Syria. 

Jones also posted messages in support of IS as well as extremist comments such as: “You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa.

Jones' husband Junaid Hussain was killed by a US drone in 2015 (Twitter)

“Come here I’ll do it for you.”

Major General Chip Chapman, the former MoD head of counter terror, said Jones would have been a target as a result of her alliance with Hussain and her role in recruiting IS fighters.

Referring to reports her son was killed in the strike, he added: “It is a difficult one because under the UN Charters he is under the age of what we would classify as a soldier.”

He continued: “Even if he got up to really bad things, he shouldn’t have been targeted.

“We don’t know for sure whether he was with her or not.”

Jones left school at 16 and worked as a beautician before later falling pregnant. The child’s father died from liver cirrhosis when their son was just two years old.

Jones later met Hussain on an online dating site and the pair fled to the Middle East with their youngest son, Jojo, now 12, leaving the older child behind. 

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