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Monday, September 08 2014

'Why I joined Islamic State': Chatham mum Sally J ones speaks of jihadist mission
after moving to Syria with husband J unaid Hussain

by Chris Hunter

Chatham mother-of-two Sally J ones has spoken out about her mission to join
jihadist group Islamic State.

The former member of an all-girl punk rock band told how she has taken her
youngest son to Syria - and now fears she will never be able to return to

The interview follows revelations the 45-year-old convert to Islam had married
J unaid Hussain, a convicted computer hacker and IS fighter from Birmingham,
and posted a number of pro-Isis statements on Twitter - including one in which
she is said to have threatened to behead Christians.

According to the Sunday Times, she now calls herself Sakinah Hussain, while
her 10 year old son J ojo has adopted the Muslim name Hamza.

She called Britain and America "terrorist" nations and said she had become
militant in response to the two nations' killing of Muslims - travelling to the
Middle East at the end of 2013.

J ones - who posted a picture on Twitter of her dressed as a nun and holding a
gun - and her son are now said to live in the IS stronghold Raqqa, where
public beheadings and crucifixions are carried out.

She told the newspaper she was a good mother and had been hurt by claims
she had abandoned her children - adding that her eldest son was 18 and
decided to stay at home.

Her husband and friend Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary were not involved in the
beheading of American journalists J ames Foley and Steven Sotloff, she said,
while her previous threat to behead Christians was just a response to online

She also refuted claims by former neighbours that she had lived on benefits,
saying she had worked as a saleswoman and make-up artist.

J ones is said to have once fronted an all-girl rock band in the 1990s and
previously had an interest in black magic and witchcraft.

She is recently said to have warned: "You Christians all need beheading with
a blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa... Come here I'll do it for you."

Former neighbours in Chatham have spoken of her chaotic lifestyle.

They described her as a "nightmare" who was always screaming and shouting
and had previously believed she was a witch.