'White Widow' reportedly killed by U.S. drone strike

Posted October 13, 2017

Central Intelligence Agency chiefs reportedly confirmed to the United Kingdom government that Jones had been killed in June, according to The Sun, but it is understood the news was not made public over fears her 12-year-old son, Jojo, also died in the blast.

According to the report, USA intelligence officials said they could not be absolutely certain Jones was killed in the drone strike, because there was no effort to recover her DNA, but were "confident" that she is dead.

Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London, told the U.K. Guardian Thursday that Jones' death would constitute "the first woman I know of who's been specifically targeted in this way". 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.

According to the newspaper the Sun, the news of the death of Jones for so long not reported for fear that with her could also kill her 12-year-old son Jojo.

Broadcasting from NY, the LBC presenter said: "It's all well and good the government saying these people are legitimate targets".

"The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa".

Sally Jones was an aspiring punk rock musician in England.

Officials say she provided practical advice on how to travel to Syria and guidance on how to build homemade weapons to carry out attacks in Britain.

Jones, 50, took her son Jojo and left her home in Chatham, Kent, for Syria to join her husband Junaid Hussain in 2013. Jones always traveled with her son as a human shield to avoid assassination.

The city is now besieged as coalition forces attempt to drive back ISIS. Hussain had previously been killed in a drone strike in 2015.

Maj. Gen. Chip Chapman, the former head of counterterrorism at the Ministry of Defense, told Press Association that under the U.N. Charter Jones's son was too young to be classified as a soldier.