British rocker mom joins ISIS, vows to 'behead Christians with blunt knife'
Calling herself Umm Hussain al-Britani, the woman has been identified by investigators as Sally Jones, from Chatham in Kent, a former member of an all-girl rock band.
She warned, “You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa ... Come here I'll do it for you!” she wrote in a tweet which has since been deleted from her Twitter account.
It is believed that Jones, 45, married British computer hacker-turned jihadist Junaid Hussain, who is 25 years her junior, after an online romance. The couple is said to have travelled separately to Syria to join Islamic State (IS), formerly ISIS or ISIL.
The reference to Raqqa, an IS stronghold in northern Syria, relates to an ambush carried out by the militants last month, where at least 50 Syrian soldiers were executed and had their severed heads impaled on sticks around the city.
On August 10, Umm Hussain tweeted that she and her husband are now living in the 'caliphate' after being stuck in Idlib, north-western Syria, for seven months.
Alhamdulillah me and my husband made it to the Islamic State after being stuck in Idlib for 7 mnths & are now living in the khilafah #isis
— UmmHussainAlBritani (@UmmHussain101) August 10, 2014
Her husband Junaid Hussain, 20, from Birmingham, fled to Syria earlier this year despite being on police bail. He travelled together with Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 24, a former rapper from west London. Bary reportedly posted an image of himself holding a severed head on Twitter with the caption: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him” last month.
In 2012, Hussain was jailed for six months for stealing sensitive information from an adviser of Tony Blair and blocking a government anti-terrorist hotline with prank calls. He is now thought to be helping the terror group with his hacking skills.
Both Hussain and Barry are potential suspects in the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Hussain, who tweets under the name Abu Hussain al-Britani, is pictured with a scarf over his face and a rifle in his hands.
Meanwhile, The Daily Mail reports that Jones, aka Umm Hussain, was unemployed at the time of her departure and “has spent a lifetime on state benefits.”
In the early 1990s she was the lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band called Krunch, which played a series of gigs in southeast England. A video on YouTube from the early 1990s which has since been deleted showed her wearing a leather mini-skirt and playing guitar and singing.
One neighbor said Jones was very "scatty" and that “everything was always a drama, her children were unruly and she was extremely loud. Men came and went but she lived mainly as a single mum with her two boys,” the Daily Mail reported.
It is unknown what happened to her sons, said to be aged around 10 and 14.
"Fight and kill the disbelievers, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” Qur’an 9:5
— UmmHussainAlBritani (@UmmHussain101) August 29, 2014
Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Britain have issued a fatwa, an edict issued by a learned Muslim scholar, condemning those who fight for extremists in Iraq and Syria.
Six senior Islamic scholars have reportedly endorsed the fatwa, describing Britons allied to IS cells as "heretics."
It also emerged that one of IS’s key financiers was the director of a Muslim faith school in Birmingham, the Daily Mail reported.
The Islamic cleric, Dr Nabil al-Awadi, partly resided in south London until last year. He was recently stripped of his Kuwaiti citizenship after it emerged that the Kuwait Scholars' Union, which he was the president of, channeled tens of millions of dollars to IS and other jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq.