White Widow Sally-Anne Jones Killed In US Drone Strike, Reports Claim

White Widow Sally-Anne Jones Killed In US Drone Strike, Reports Claim

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.

If Jones was killed, she would have been the first woman to have been targeted in such a drone strike.

Jones began posting rants online wearing black with her face veiled, posing with an AK-47, saying she wants to behead all Christians with a "blunt knife", according to a report in the Daily Mail. There have been several such claims of IS militants having been killed only for them to resurface months later. She used her Twitter account to recruit women and provided practical advice on how to travel to Syria.

Sally Jones, a former punk singer who later became an ISIS recruiter, has reportedly been killed in a drone strike.

Her young son Jojo was not known to be with her at the time of the strike and was not intentionally targeted, though he is presumed dead, as well.

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

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".

"The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa". Spokesman Maj Adrian Rankine-Galloway said, "I do not have any information that would substantiate that report but that could change and we are looking into this".

She became radicalized after travelling to Syria following an online romance with convicted computer hacker and IS member Junaid Hussain, who died in a 2015 drone strike. It is noted that her 12-year-old son died with his mother.

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 US military personnel.

Sally Jones appears in a selfie before she left for Syria, and in a burqa with a weapon. She was nicknamed the "White Widow" after this. Her husband was killed in 2015.

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