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Pentagon looking into reported death of Islamic State's 'White Widow'

Pentagon looking into reported death of Islamic State's 'White Widow'

A British woman who was an active online recruit for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was killed in a USA drone strike earlier this year, The Sun newspaper reported Thursday.

There haven't been many tears shed for Ms Jones, A Whitehall source told The Sun: "The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa".

The Guardian reports that Jones, born in Greenwich but who later lived in Kent, was once the singer and guitarist in an all-female punk band in the '90s called Krunch. She gradually became a key recruiter for ISIS and soon topped the USA kill-list.

It is noted that her 12-year-old son died with his mother.

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The report claims Central Intelligence Agency chiefs informed United Kingdom counterparts of her death but news of the strike has been kept quiet amid concerns her 12-year-old son may also have been killed.

It remains unclear if he was killed and sources said the attack would have been aborted if it was known he was close by, the newspaper added.

Once in Syria, she married ISIS member Junaid Hussain, with whom she was having an online relationship.

Later, Jones also images of her in a nun's costume with a gun and talked about her desire to behead Christians with a "nice blunt knife".

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In an exclusive report in 2015, Sky News revealed the couple used online messaging services to urge British would-be recruits to carry out "lone wolf" attacks in the UK.

Jones in particular targeted young girls to travel to Syria and become jihadi brides and her husband reportedly ran a hacking unit for ISIS.

Major General Chip Chapman, the former MoD head of counter terror, told Sky News that Jones was a "significant" target for the USA and UK. A woman living under guard in a Kurdish refugee camp who claimed to know Jones said the British convert was desperate to return to the UK.

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