British jihadist Sally Jones has been killed in a US drone strike in Syria,says Sky.
The former punk rocker from Kent fled to Syria with her son in 2013 and became a leading recruitment officer for Islamic State.
The Government was informed by CIA chiefs in June that US forces had killed Jones, 50, in a missile strike close to the Iraq/Syria border, The Sun reports.
However, it was kept secret on both sides of the Atlantic over fears her 12-year-old son Jojo may have also died in the blast.
It remains unclear if he was killed and sources said the attack would have been aborted if it was known he was close by, the newspaper added.
Sky’s Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said: “UK Defence sources have told Sky News they believe the strike was successful but question some of the detail being reported in the media.
“The UK and US military has been working closely together on a number of high-profile targets in recent months and Jones is believed to have been on that list.”
Jones became known as the White Widow after her British jihadist husband Junaid Hussain was killed in a US drone strike in August 2015.
Before fleeing to Syria, computer hacker Hussain admitted publishing Tony Blair’s address in 2011 and was jailed for six months after making hoax calls to a UK counter-terror hotline a year later.
At the time of his death, the 21-year-old from Birmingham had allegedly been planning “barbaric attacks against the West”, including terror plots targeting “high profile public commemorations”.