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October 13, 2017

Sally Jones profile: How online love affair turned single mother into a fanatic

Henry Jackson Society

It was love that led Sally Jones to leave her punk past behind and join the death cult of Islamic State.

The former department store beautician lived in a council house with her two sons before falling for Junaid Hussain and following him to Syria.

Born in 1968 in Greenwich, southeast London, she was a young girl when her parents divorced and just ten when her father killed himself by taking an overdose.

Raised a Catholic, she attended Christian youth groups in her teens and left school at 16 to work as a perfume saleswoman for L’Oréal. After becoming interested in the punk scene she sang and played guitar in an all-female band called Krunch.

Jones led a female battalion of foreign fighters whose purpose was to carry out suicide missions in the West, according to a report by Julia Rushchenko, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society.

Read more in The Times