British jihadi “White Widow” killed by US drone — Sun report

Sally Jones posted propaganda messages on social media, including a striking photograph of herself dressed as a nun pointing a gun toward the camera.
Updated 12 October 2017
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British jihadi “White Widow” killed by US drone — Sun report

LONDON: Sally Jones, a British terrorist who recruited online for the Daesh group, has been killed in Syria by a US drone along with her 12-year-old son, The Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.
A convert to Islam from southern England, Jones was nicknamed the “White Widow” by the British press after her husband Junaid Hussain, also an Daesh militant, was killed by a drone in 2015.
Quoting a British intelligence source who had been briefed by US counterparts, The Sun reported that Jones and her son had been killed in June close to Syria’s border with Iraq, as she was attempting to flee the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa.
US intelligence chiefs were quoted as saying they could not be 100 percent certain that Jones had been killed as there was no way of recovering any DNA from the ground, but they were “confident” she was dead.
Her son JoJo was presumed to be dead too, although his presence with her was not known at the time of the drone strike and he was not an intended target, according to The Sun.
Other Daesh militants have been reported dead only to reappear.
Jones, who before her militant days was once a singer in a punk band, has been the subject of years of fascination by the British press.
She was believed to have left her home in Chatham, in the southern county of Kent, in 2013 to travel to Syria, where she married Hussain whom she had met online.
She was active as an online recruiter and sometimes posted propaganda messages on social media, including a striking photograph of herself dressed as a nun pointing a gun toward the camera.


Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 96

Updated 21 September 2018
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Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 96

  • The Health Ministry said that clashes since Aug. 26 have also left 444 others wounded
  • Libya is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east

BENGHAZI: Libyan authorities say the death toll from fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli has climbed to at least 96 people, including civilians.
The Health Ministry said on Friday that clashes since Aug. 26 have also left 444 others wounded.
It says 11 people, including eight civilians, were killed and 33 others were wounded on Thursday when fighting flared up again, breaking a UN-brokered cease-fire from earlier this month.
The fighting between militias allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli and an armed group from a nearby town underscores Libya’s lingering lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Libya is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, each of which is backed by an array of militias.