'White widow' British IS recruiter killed


A citizen of Britain Sally Jones died in June, a drone strike near the border of Syria and Iraq.

Ms Jones, 50, who lived an ordinary life in Chatham, Kent, before she became radicalised, ended up feted as the "White Widow" and became a integral figure after the death of Kings Heath terrorist Junaid Hussain, who was the leader of the Islamic State's "digi-jihad" computer hacking brigade. There have been several such claims of IS militants having been killed only for them to resurface months later.

Dubbed the "white widow" after her husband, also an ISIS terrorist, was killed in 2015, Sally Jones was a key online recruiter for ISIS. In the 90's, she played in the all-woman band Krunch.

Jones was very much a wanted figure; she rose up the Pentagon "kill list" in 2017 and was placed on a United Nations sanctions list, which included a freeze on assets, and was slapped with a travel ban. She would use social media to try to recruit other women to join ISIS. "Come here I'll do it for you".

Later, Jones also images of her in a nun's costume with a gun and talked about her desire to behead Christians with a "nice blunt knife".

The wife of another immigrant to the so-called Islamic caliphate said she knew Jones and described her as "very cute". "She told me she wish to go to her country".

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.

Jones has used her son-who has previously appeared in an ISIS execution video-as a human shield in the past, prompting speculation that he may have been killed in the drone strike.

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