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ISIS' 'White Widow,' Ex-Punk Rocker, Dead in Strike

UK's most-wanted female terrorist became ISIS recruiter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2017 6:03 AM CDT
Punk Singer Turned ISIS Recruiter Dies in Drone Strike
Sally Jones.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – ISIS has reportedly lost one of its more unlikely members: Sally Jones, a former punk singer from Britain who traveled to Syria to become a recruiter for the group in 2013. A British intelligence source tells the Sun that Jones was killed in June by a drone strike near Syria's border with Iraq. "The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it's good riddance," the source says. Jones, 50, left the UK with her son to marry 21-year-old ISIS hacker Junaid Hussain, reports USA Today, which describes her as Britain's most-wanted female terrorist. She became known as the "White Widow" after Hussain died in a drone strike in 2015.

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Jones' death has not been confirmed, though the social media accounts she used to offer Western women advice on joining ISIS and traveling to Syria have been silent for months, the Guardian reports. "You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa ... Come here I’ll do it for you," she said in one post. JoJo, Jones' 12-year-old son, may also have been killed in the airstrike. He was radicalized in Syria and his grandparents identified him last year as an executioner seen in an ISIS video. Authorities say they're not sure if he was with Jones—and the brainwashed boy was too young to be declared a target in any case. (Read more ISIS stories.)

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