British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones ‘killed by drone’

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British IS recruiter Sally-Anne Jones was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in Syria in June.

Jones, from Chatham in Kent, assimilated supposed Islamic State after converting to Islam and travelling to Syria in 2013.

Her death was first reported by The Sun.

The BBC’s confidence match Frank Gardner pronounced Jones had been a useful promotion agent for IS on social media and her death would be “significant”.

Whitehall officials have declined to criticism publicly. However, they have not denied the story, and US sources are assured she was killed in an unmanned drone strike in June, the match added.

Posing with weapons

Jones, 48 – who had no prior military training – had been married to the jihadist Junaid Hussain, who was killed in 2015 in a drone strike.

Previously a punk musician, she had been used to partisan western girls to the organisation and posted melancholy messages to Christians in the UK.

Jones, who was innate in Greenwich, London, also speedy people to lift out attacks in Britain, charity superintendence on how to erect handcrafted bombs.

She used her Twitter criticism to yield unsentimental recommendation on how to transport to Syria and shared pictures of herself posing with weapons.


Analysis

By BBC confidence match Frank Gardner

The death of Sally-Anne Jones, if confirmed, will make little or no tactical disproportion to the military fortunes of supposed Islamic State on the battlefield.

Despite posing online variously with a Kalashnikov and a pistol, and reportedly “leading a corps of jihadist women”, her value to the organisation was iconic rather than military.

But in this role she was really judged to be dangerous.

Along with her late husband, Junaid Hussain, she confirmed a stream of antagonistic online promotion directed at the West.

This enclosed luring western womanlike recruits to the self-declared IS caliphate, enlivening attacks in the West and melancholy to kill non-Muslims.

She is believed to have been concerned in formulation prior attacks in the West, including a tract to murder the Queen and Prince Philip in 2015.


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Junaid Hussain was killed in a drone strike in 2015

There appears to have been no greeting to Jones’s reported death from Arabic-speaking online supporters of IS, according to BBC Monitoring, which observes media worldwide. But it pronounced this was standard in such cases.

IS never publicly concurred Jones – also famous as Umm Hussein al-Britaniyah – as a member.

Women spasmodic underline in IS’s central promotion and only as authors of articles in its monthly publications, BBC Monitoring added.

Fears for immature son

Jones’s husband, Hussain, was a mechanism hacker for IS and was regarded as a “high value target” before his death.

In 2015 the then Prime Minister David Cameron pronounced Hussain had been formulation “barbaric attacks against the West”, including terror plots targeting “high form open commemorations”.

News of Jones’s death has not formerly been done open amid fears that her 12-year-old son, Jojo, may also have been killed in the Jun strike, according to The Sun.

Major General Chip Chapman, former MoD conduct of opposite terror, pronounced under the UN Charters the child would be too immature to be classed as a infantryman and would not have been targeted, “even if he got up to really bad things”.

“We don’t know for certain either he was with her or not,” he added.

Azadeh Moaveni, a publisher and author of the book Lipstick Jihad, told the BBC Jones had been one of the many “iconic” recruiters for IS since she helped the organisation to plan the thought it could “get into the very the reaches of British society”.

The BBC’s Frank Gardner pronounced nonetheless it was “very likely” Jones has been killed, it was formidable to be certain since that would need promulgation a special forces group to accumulate DNA.

A Foreign Office mouthpiece said: “We do not criticism on matters of inhabitant security.”

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