British jihadist Sally Jones has been killed in a US drone strike in Syria, The Sun has reported.
The former punk rocker from Kent fled to Syria with her son in 2013 and became a leading recruitment officer for Islamic State.
According to The Sun, 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.
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 reported.
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, Hussain was jailed for six months in 2012 after making hoax calls to a counter-terror hotline.
The 21-year-old from Birmingham also admitted publishing Tony Blair’s address book the year before and was a member of TeaMpOisoN, a group which claimed responsibility for 1,400 computer hacking offences.
In a 2015 exclusive report, Sky News revealed the couple used online messaging services to urge British would-be recruits to carry out “lone wolf” attacks in the UK.
In one conversation with an undercover journalist, Jones detailed the materials needed to make a bomb and said she could help construct a device remotely.
Following the death of Hussain, Jones was reportedly placed in charge of IS’ Anwar al-Awlaki batallion – a foreign fighter unit formed with the purpose of planning and executing attacks in the West.