The British member of ISIS Sally Jones is believed to have been killed, along with her 12-year-old son Jojo, in a US airstrike.
The Sun reported that the CIA had told its UK counterparts Jones was killed by a Predator drone strike near the Syria-Iraq border in June. She had last been seen fleeing from Raqqa and heading for the Syrian border town of Mayadin. Many ISIS members have fled the city as ISIS control of the area diminished.
The Pentagon was unable to confirm whether she had been killed. Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said: “I do not have any information that would substantiate that report but that could change and we are looking into this.”
Sally Jones, a former punk musician from Kent, became a leading recruitment officer for ISIS after converting to Islam and travelling from the UK to Syria in 2013 with her son to join her husband. Her husband, jihadist Junaid Hussain, was killed in a US drone strike in 2015.
Jones was a propagandist on social media. She encouraged individuals to carry out attacks in Britain, offering guidance on how to construct home-made bombs. She had more than 20 handles on Twitter but there has been no activity from her in recent months.