ISIS Punk Rocker, Sally Jones, Believed to Be Dead
In the world of punk rock, radical politics tends to come with the territory. But British guitarist Sally Jones, formerly of the punk band Krunch, had even by punk standards taken her radicalism to dangerous extreme.
Jones, who has been more recently identified as Umma Hussain al Britani, Sakinah Hussain or “the White Widow,” has reportedly died following a drone attack. The fatal strike, which is said to have been carried out by the U.S., comes four years after Jones’s shocking transformation from ’90s era British punk-scene staple to notorious ISIS recruiter.
According to The Sun, the CIA has confirmed to MI6 that Jones, along with her 12-year-old son, was killed by a Predator drone near the Syria-Iraq border in June. The Guardian, however, has been unable to confirm Jones’s death, quoting Pentagon spokesman Maj Adrian Rankine-Galloway as saying, “I do not have any information that would substantiate that report but that could change and we are looking into this.”
Years before committing herself to radical jihadism, Sally Jones’s name recognition derived from her stint with Krunch, an all-female punk band that had found success during the ’90s. Jones converted to Islam and migrated to Syria in 2013, following her husband’s conversion and subsequent pledge to jihadism. He was killed by a U.S. drone two years later in 2015. Since 2013, she had maintained an active presence on social media aggressively propagandizing on behalf of ISIS. Her primary objectives involved attracting female ISIS recruits, encouraging radicalized Brits to relocate to Syria and providing instructions on how to assemble homemade bombs and wage terror on British soil. Presumably to rally inspiration, posts were frequently accompanied by photos of Jones herself posing with weaponry.
In 2014, a Daily Mail exposé, Jones also took to social media to warn, “You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa… Come here I’ll do it for you!” The same article had reported that Jones had “spent a lifetime on state benefits” before relocating to Syria.
The report included a statement from Jones’s brother who said his family was “deeply shocked by her conversion to radical Islam.”
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