Punk singer-turned-ISIS recruiter 'killed' in drone strike

Posted October 13, 2017

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.

She was marked as a "high priority" on the US's kill list earlier this year, the newspaper added.

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 was a key recruiter of British aspiring ISIS fighters and was soon put on a USA kill list, though she continued to provide online guidance on everything from how to make homemade bombs to the best way of getting to Syria.

It is not known if her 12-year-old son, Jojo, who it is believed she had been using as a human shield against such aerial attacks, was also killed in the attack. "Quite frankly, it's good riddance", a British source told The Sun on Wednesday. Later married a computer hacker Gonad Hussein, who was killed in an attack by a drone in 2015.

Jones also posted messages in support of IS as well as extremist comments such as: "You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa ..."

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Despite this, Sky News was told in June that the jihadist was not happy in Syria and wanted to return to Britain.

I guess that career didn't pan out for her, because she had converted to Islam, changed her name to Sakinah Hussain and moved to the Syrian Islamic State stronghold, Raqqa.

Maj. Gen. Chip Chapman, the former head of counterterrorism at the Ministry of Defense, told Press Association that under the U.N. Charter Jones's son was too young to be classified as a soldier.

"When you interrogate someone, you get more information", he said. "She is the first woman I know of who's been specifically targeted in this way".

Speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, Moaveni said: "Having [Jones] on side was really important in terms of projecting the idea that Isis could get into the very furthest reaches of British society".