It is suspected that the British terror suspect and member of #ISIS, #Sally Jones, has been killed by a US airstrike along with her 12-year-old son Jojo. The reports are as yet unconfirmed as it is impossible to retrieve DNA samples from the ground after an airstrike, but it is thought that she was fleeing from Raqqa to the IS stronghold of Mayadin when the attack occurred.

The White Widow

Jones was given the nickname after the death of her husband Junaid Hussain in an airstrike in 2015. By that time she was already a high profile member of ISIS and led the highly secretive wing of the Anwar al-Awlaki battalion which is composed solely of foreign fighters for the purpose of planning and executing attacks in the west.She was also responsible for training all the European female recruits or 'muhajirat'.

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A prolific user of social media, Jones had up to 20 Twitter accounts which she used to post threats of terror attacks in the UK. The accounts were also used as a recruiting tool for extremists and to provide practical advice on how to travel to Syria and how to make bombs.

As a result of her high profile activities, Sally Jones was placed on a UN sanctions list, including a travel ban and a freeze on assets.

Where it all began

She was born in Greenwich, London and was 19 years old and a single parent living on benefits when she met her future husband Junaid Hussain online and quickly became besotted with him. Hussain, at the time, was a hacker for ISIS and encouraged Jones to leave the UK which she did in 2013, taking her youngest son, Jojo with her. Propaganda films have since emerged of a young, smiling, blue-eyed child taking part in executions in the name of so-called Islamic State and it is believed that this is Jojo, who may also have died in the attack.

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The legacy of Sally Jones

Even though it is as yet unconfirmed, the death of Sally Jones will have little significant impact on the battle with ISIS and the outcome of any struggles. Her death is more likely to be seen as a symbolic blow as she was seen as a high-profile recruit from the West who had reached such high status within ISIS

Whether her death will be confirmed in the coming months or not, remains to be seen, however, what is definite, is that her presence as a high-level recruiter for ISIS will not be missed in the West. In an interview with The Sun newspaper, a Whitehall source said; "The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it's good riddance." #White Widow