The US drone strike which killed the British jihadist known as the ‘White Widow’ also killed her 12-year-old son, western intelligence sources have confirmed for the first time.
Onetime punk rocker Sally Jones, from Kent, was killed by a Predator missile near the border of Iraq and Syria in June last year.
Sources have confirmed the blast that eliminated the former L’Oreal saleswoman also killed her 12-year-old son JoJo Dixon.
It had previously been claimed JoJo was at a training camp 35 miles away when his mother’s convoy was hit as she and other jihadists fled ISIS’s fallen stronghold in Raqqa.
But a source told the Sunday Times: ‘It’s 99.9 per cent certain they were both killed.’
The onetime punk rocker from Kent went to Syria with her son in 2013. A former L’Oreal saleswoman, she lived in a council house in Chatham before fleeing to Syria in 2013, after falling for hacker jihadi Junaid Hussain online. She was killed by by an American drone in June. Pictured: A composite image of Jones, which first appeared on her Twitter account, showing her dressed as a nun while pointing a gun at the camera and holding a dog – a direct copy of the front cover of the novel Divorcing Jack
Jones was a high priority on the Pentagon’s ‘kill list’ because she was believed to have masterminded dozens of terror plots. Pictured: The propagandist with her son JoJo, who Western intelligence sources have now confirmed was killed in the strike
The tiny remaining doubt is due to the difficult in collecting DNA samples from a war zone.
JoJo’s death, the first by a coalition airstrike involving a western child in Syria, will raise fears for other British children taken to Syria by extremist parents.
Last week Londoner Siddhartha Dhar, 34, a bouncy castle salesman nicknamed Jihadi Sid, was put on America’s ‘most wanted’ list of global terrorists.
This effectively puts Dhar, who is believed to have taken over as the chief executioner of ISIS in Syria, who is in the war-torn country with his wife and four children, on the Pentagon’s ‘kill list’.
Another British child in Syria is Isa Dare, six, who was taken to the warzone by his mother Grace ‘Khadijah’ Dare, 26, from Lewisham, south London, who is thought to have joined ISIS in 2012.
The child became known as ‘Jihadi Junior’ after appearing in an execution video.
Dare had a second child with a jihadist from Sweden who was killed in battle.
JoJo was believed to have been forced to execute prisoners during his time in Syria after being brainwashed by jihadis. A nine-minute ISIS video issued in 2016 appeared to show the boy executing a captured prisoner in a firing squad
Jones, a mother-of-two, was Britain’s most wanted woman after leaving her home in Chatham, in Kent, alongside toyboy lover and jihadi hacker Junaid Hussain, taking her then-nine-year-old son JoJo with her in 2013.
The couple married on the day she arrived in Syria and Jojo adopted Islam.
Jones was a high priority on the Pentagon’s ‘kill list’ because she was believed to have masterminded dozens of terror plots.
She was believed to be the leader of the secret Anwar al-Awlaki battalion’s female wing and was said to be responsible for training European female terror recruits.
Jones had used her Twitter account to spread propaganda for the group, and tweeted of her wish to behead a Western prisoner in Syria and behead Christians with a ‘blunt knife’.
In May 2016 an account claiming to be Jones posted: ‘To be honest I wouldn’t go into Central London through June. Or even July. Well to be honest I wouldn’t go there at all, especially by Tube.’
According to the Counter-Extremism Project, Jones issued terror threats against Britain as recently as May 2016.
She has previously called on Muslim women to launch attacks during Ramadan in London, Glasgow and Wales.
Jones even threatened one of the Navy SEALs who helped kill Osama bin Laden.
The Muslim convert fled Britain to join ISIS back in 2013 alongside toyboy lover Junaid Hussain (pictured), taking her then-nine-year-old son JoJo with her
Born Joe Dixon, Jojo (pictured as a baby) was the younger of Jones’s two sons by different men
Jones is believed to have been travelling in a convoy of vehicles close to Syria’s border with Iraq when the airstrike was ordered by the Pentagon last June
Born Joe Dixon, Jojo was the younger of Jones’s two sons by different men.
His father, Darren Dixon, separated from Jones many years ago. The father of her elder son, Jonathan, 21, died of cirrhosis of the liver two years after he was born.
JoJo was believed to have been forced to execute prisoners during his time in Syria after being brainwashed by jihadis.
A nine-minute ISIS video issued in 2016 appeared to show the boy executing a captured prisoner in a firing squad.
Jones’ husband Hussain – who was leader of the ISIS ‘digi-jihad’ computer hacking brigade, was killed in 2015 aged 21 in a US drone strike.
In July a friend said Jones was desperate to return to the UK but she was apparently being forced to stay by her husband’s comrades.
‘Aisha’, the wife of another ISIS fighter, said: ‘She was crying and wants to get back to Britain but ISIS is preventing her because she is now a military wife. She told me she wished to go to her country.’