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British Woman Who Joined ISIS Killed By Drone Strike (Photos)

| by Daniel Barnes

A British woman who went to Syria with her 12-year-old son to join ISIS has reportedly been killed by a drone strike. 

Sally Jones, nicknamed the White Widow, left Britain with her son Jojo in 2013, to marry an ISIS fighter Junaid Hussain, who was killed in a 2015 drone strike. 

An American drone strike killed Jones in June, reported The Sun, which broke the news.

The Predator drone killed her while she was fleeing the Syrian town of Raqqa, one of the few strongholds ISIS has left. She was reportedly killed near the border between Iraq and Syria.

"Quite frankly, it's good riddance," an anonymous British government source told The Sun.

CIA officials reportedly informed British counterparts of the strike in June, but the news has been kept secret until October because of fears Jojo may have also been killed in the attack. 

Although it is not confirmed, a BBC correspondent says it is assumed that Jojo was killed. 

The Sun cited anonymous sources who said the attack would have been abandoned if there was proof Jojo was with Jones. She had reportedly used him as a "human shield" in the past.

Before joining ISIS, Jones, 50, was a singer in a punk band. She met her husband, Hussain, 21, in Syria and converted to Islam. After joining her husband in Syria, Jones became the leader of the female section of a ISIS battalion made up of foreigners, according to The Sun. Jones reportedly recruited western women to join ISIS and allegedly encouraged others to carry out attacks in Britain via social media.

Jones' Twitter account also contained advice on how would-be recruits should travel to Syria.

Jones was also alleged to be involved in a plot to assassinate the Queen Elizabeth of England and her husband, Prince Phillip, according to the BBC.

No British or American officials have publicly confirmed Jones' death. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was aware of the reports, but was "not in a position to comment further," according to the BBC. 

British Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon declined to comment on Jones, but told the BBC, anyone who joins ISIS, "run the risk every hour of every day being on the wrong end of [a Royal Air Force] or a United States missile." 

Jones' death cannot be positively confirmed because DNA evidence was not collected after the remote strike.

Leader of the Labor Party in Britain, Jeremy Corbyn, said he would have preferred to capture Jones and put her on trial. 

"I think people who have committed crimes ought to be put on trial," he said, according to the BBC. "That way ... when you interrogate somebody, you get more information about the background to it."

Sources: The Sun, BBC / Featured Image: Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Johnson/U.S. Air Force / Embedded Images: Collect/The Sun, Unknown/BBC

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