THE US unleashed a terrifying ‘ninja’ missile with six spinning swords in a deadly airstrike on terrorists in Syria, reports claim.
Two jihadis are understood to have been ripped to shreds by the weapon which was dropped on a minivan close to where the former ISIS leader was killed in October.
Photos of the mangled wreckage suggest US forces used the destructive R9X – a modified version of the Hellfire missile in Tuesday’s attack in Atmeh.
One of those killed has been named in reports as Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir, a jihadi trainer of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as the Nusra Front.
Instead of exploding, the weapon minces its target using six long blades that extend outward just before impact.
It’s been dubbed a “speeding anvil”, “ninja bomb” and even “The Flying Ginsu” – because the blades are as sharp as a chef’s knife.
Reports claim the two jihadis inside the minivan were “mashed” by the impact.
The weapon was designed to kill terrorists with pinpoint accuracy and reduce the number of civilian casualties.
Development reportedly began in 2011 as an attempt to reduce civilian casualties in the war on terror, especially those used as human shields.
A conventional missile such as the Hellfire explodes, creating a deadly blast radius and turning objects into lethal shrapnel.
But the R9X can be used in more targeted attacks.
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It’s not the first time the weapon has been wielded, with reports stating it has been used in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen.
The strike in Atmeh has clear similarities here to an attack that killed Abu Khayr Al Masri, then Al Qaeda’s number two leader, as he drove in his car in Al Mastouma, Syria, in 2017.
The RX9 was also used in January to kill Jamal al-Badawi, who was accused of masterminding the US Cole bombing in 2000.
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