The far-reaching influence of ISIS is becoming increasingly evident as a British mother of two, who left her children to convert to Islam and associate with the Islamic State terrorists in Syria, recently posted a series of tweets threatening Christians with beheadings by a "blunt knife."
The radical militant threats, along with pro-Osama Bin Laden comments, were posted to the Twitter account of a Muslim extremists named Sakinah Hussain who uses the pseudonym Umm Hussain al-Britani, reports Yahoo News. However, before she converted to Islam, she was simply known in the United Kingdom as Sally Jones, 45, from Kent in southeast England, according to investigators.
"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!" the tweet stated.
Authorities find the tweet particularly disturbing as it comes as two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, were publicly beheaded by ISIS. According to the U.K., which had recently raised its terror threat to "severe" due to ISIS activity, Jones is just one of the hundreds of British citizens, according to security experts, that have joined the Islamic State.
Although the public Umm Hussain al-Britani Twitter account has since been deleted and replaced, the new account's bio quotes the founder of al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden: "If our messages could reach you by words, then they wouldn't have traveled by planes' Shaykh Usama Bin Ladin."
According to The Daily Mail, Jones is an unlikely candidate to convert to radical Islam or join in a jihadist militant group. Although she was unemployed and on government assistance, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed caucasian was the lead guitarist in a 90s all-girl rock band, as well as a seemingly free-spirited artist who sold her work online.
It is believed that her involvement with Islam occurred after Jones fell deeply in love through an online dating relationship and married a 20-year-old British computer hacker and jihadi, Junaid Hussain. Hussain is thought be, along with other radicalized Britons, the possible executioner in the publicized video beheadings of Foley and Sotloff.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Hussain was jailed for six months in 2012 for hacking into and posting online personal information pertaining to former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family.
While Hussain was out on bail for a violent disorder crime in Birmingham, he fled the country and convinced Jones to leave behind her two young sons and meet him in the Islamic State controlled Raqqa province in Syria.
Hussain traveled to Raqqa with British hip-hop artist and jihadi Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, who is also suspected of being the executioner of Foley and Sotloff.
It is alleged that Jones snuck into Syria at the end of 2013. According to the U.K. Metro, a tweet dated on Aug. 10, using the hashtag #ISIS, confirmed that she and her husband made it to the "Islamic State" after taking seven months to get there. According to a later tweet, Jones' husband is currently at an Islamic State training camp where he is sharpening his "kaafir killing skills."
Her brother, Patrick Jones, spoke to reporters in front of his house and said the family is distraught to learn she is working with Islamic State jihadists.
"This is a very upsetting and distressing time for my family and I just don't want them to be a part of it. She fell in love and went away," Patrick Jones said.
Neighbors told the Daily Mail that Sally Jones had always taken a strange interest in witchcraft.
"She was a nightmare. Always screaming and shouting and up all hours of the night. Everything about her was extreme," the neighbor said. "She had problems with debts so one minute she was there, the next she'd scarpered. She started to go through a phase of thinking she was a witch. She'd post pictures on Facebook of her dressed in a cloak and said things about being able to talk to spirits."
Sean Malone, director of CRI ministries, a Christian relief organization working with displaced Iraqis, said radicalized Westerner's involvement with ISIS should not surprise anyone--and is likely to get worse.
"ISIS promotes their agenda by fear and by social media-- and nothing is more addicting than human blood, and what they're doing is attracting extremists around the world--thousands of extremists from the United States and Europe are joining the ranks, and their ultimate goal is to establish a caliphate, which brings all other Muslims around the world under their dominance and under one world order and one financial system and with one final end: to destroy the U.S. and Israel."