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

By Will Humphries, The Times

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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.


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