US forces kill two jihadists in Syria with the help of & # 39; Ninja & # 39; rocket that uses six blades to chop targets
Allegedly, American troops carried out an air raid on a minibus in a northwestern Syrian city on Tuesday, killing two targets just 16 km away from former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a raid in October.
The targeted attack would involve the use of a secret & # 39; Ninja & # 39; missile, the AGM-114R9X, which replaced the explosive warhead on standard rockets with a set of six folding sword-like blades designed to break through buildings and vehicles with minimal civilian casualties.
According to The war zone, the hit was carried out in Atmeh, located in Idlib province in Syria, about five miles from the Turkish border and less than 16 km from Barisha, where al-Baghdadi was in a compound.
Two people have been reported killed, but their identity has not yet been released, nor as any information to suggest which terrorist groups the individuals were supposed to be associated with, if any.
The US Army launched an air strike on a minibus in a northwestern Syrian city on Tuesday, just 10 miles from where Special Forces carried out the raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October
The targeted attack would involve the use of a secret & # 39; Ninja & # 39; missile, also known as the AGM-114R9X, which replaces the explosive warhead on standard models with a set of six folding sword-like blades designed to move through buildings and vehicles with minimal civilian casualties
The CIA developed the & # 39; Ninja & # 39; rocket that uses six blades instead of exploding to rip vehicles and kill its target
Preliminary online reports suggest that at least one of the victims killed was Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir, a member of Hayat Tahrir Al Sham – or HTS -, a spur of Al Qaeda who separated from terrorist equipment in Syria in 2017.
Photos of the battered van circulated on social media and showed extensive damage on the passenger side, but further limited damage to the rest of the car – significant signs that the R9X was being used for the occasion.
According to local reports, the men in the car were "stomped" by the impact, again referring to the fact that a non-explosive warhead was used by military officials.
The R9X is designed to reduce unintended casualties caused by other, more conventional missiles that blast and engulf both targets and their environment.
The devastating so-called & # 39; flying Ginsu & # 39; was reportedly used to assassinate Al-Qaida Abu Khayr al-Masri deputy leader in February 2017 – and the scenes of Tuesday's attack show several similarities.
Al-Masri was killed while driving a car in Al Mastouma, Syria. The city is also located in the Idlib province and is approximately 30 miles south of Atmeh.
The Al Masri car also suffered the most damage to the front of the passenger, with minimal damage to the rest of the car – a trademark of the AGM-114R9X, reportedly extremely sparingly used by US forces.
The strike was conducted in Atmeh, located in the Idlib province of Syria, about five miles from the Turkish border and less than 16 km from Barisha, where al-Baghdadi was on a compound in October.
The devastating so-called & # 39; flying Ginsu & # 39; was reportedly used to kill deputy leader of Al-Qaida Abu Khayr al-Masri in February 2017 (and above) – and the scenes of Tuesday's attack show different similarities
The Al Masri car also suffered the most damage to the front of the passenger, with minimal damage to the rest of the car – a trademark of the AGM-114R9X, allegedly used sparingly by US forces
The strong correlations with the two strikes point to the idea that the R9X was also used on Tuesday. Photos of the van on social media also show that it was hit in a limited urban area where a non-explosive warhead would have been preferred.
Nick Waters tweeted a photo from the vehicle, with a photo from a video showing six cuts through the top of the car – that is the same number of blades the R9X has.
MQ-9 Reapers, which can transport Hellfire rockets such as the R9X and carry out targeted attacks, are also known to operate in the area of Idlib – with one spotted fly over the area of nearby Jindires on November 22.
The unmanned predator drones can use sensors and radars with ground movement target indicators (GMTI) to set moving targets via mobile or satellite signals.
In the aftermath of al-Baghdadi's death, the Pentagon said the operation yielded a significant amount of intelligence that would be valuable in identifying and detecting other important ISIS figures – including possibly mobile numbers.
"I can't tell you anything about what we got from the site. You will appreciate that, "said Frank Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, head of the US Central Command after the raid, on October 30." We will exploit that and we expect it to help us if we continue. "
Despite Trump's announcement of a total withdrawal of US troops from Syria earlier this year, the apparent US strike in Atmeh would indicate that the United States is still actively pursuing ISIS and other terrorist leaders in the region.
Al-Masri was killed while driving a car in Al Mastouma, Syria. The city is also located in the Idlib province and is approximately 30 miles south of Atmeh
The weapon used to kill al-Masri did not break the windows of the Kia Rio salon or scratch most of the paintwork
In May, the US military leaked details of the RX9 rocket to improve its image in the Muslim world in an attempt to show that they are trying to reduce collateral damage, it was claimed.
It was ordered by Barack Obama after being stabbed by criticism that civilians were killed in drone attacks.
It is not only responsible for the death of the Egyptian militant al-Masri, but is also believed to kill Jamal al-Badawi in January of this year.
The Yemenis were convicted in his native country for the brain behind the bombing of the USS Cole, who killed 17 American sailors and wounded 39 in 2000
The & # 39; flying Ginsu & # 39; is a modified version of a Hellfire rocket, usually about five feet long and weighing 100 pounds, deployed by American drones and usually causes a large explosion area that scorches targets and their surroundings.
Approximately six operations at locations such as Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria would all have used the blade sheet.
One of these & # 39; inert bombs & # 39; was considered by Obama in the operation to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, but instead a team of Navy SEAL's stormed his compound in Abbottabad.
The nickname of the rocket comes from the Ginsu knife brand that referred to Japanese samurai in their marketing.
Speculations about the use of a new weapon by the army have been in full swing since 2017 when photos were released of al-Masri, who seemed to have been killed in a car that had a large flat tire in the roof with blades along the collision area.
Journalists noted at the time that the vehicle was surprisingly intact.
According to the report, which is based on interviews with more than a dozen accounts of current and former government officials, the weapon was partly born of the desire of former President Obama to prevent civilian casualties, in particular caused by air strikes by the drone program of the C.I.A.
Data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which has been cataloging the effects of American drone attacks abroad since 2004, have carried out drone attacks between 769 and 1725 citizens over the past 15 years, 253 to 397 of which are children.
Obama announced the new strategy in a speech in May 2013 when he admitted that some civilian deaths were inevitable.
Jamal al-Badawi, a suspect of the bombing of the USS Cole destroyer in 2000 in the Yemeni port of Aden, is also believed to have been killed by a & # 39; Ninja & # 39; bomb in January of this year
The port side of the guided missile destroyer USS Cole damaged after a terrorist bomb exploded during a tank operation in the port of Aden in Yemen in October 2000
He said: & # 39; Before a strike is taken, there must be almost certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured – the highest standard we can set.
& # 39; For me and those in my command structure, those deaths will haunt us as long as we live. & # 39;
Apart from his alleged role in the USS Cole attack, in which he allegedly delivered boats and explosives, Badawi was also accused of attempting to attack a US Navy ship with co-conspirators in January 2000.
The FBI had placed Badawi on the most wanted list and offered a $ 5 million reward for information that led to his capture.
Beyond the obvious human impact, the Wall Street Journal reports that the US military is also interested in the new weapon technology for practical reasons.
Fighters have begun to adapt to drone attacks by hiding in areas with children and women, making them seemingly out of reach for traditional air strikes.
The Ginsu has a number of more technical advantages and disadvantages, officials said.
Because it significantly minimizes the risk of civilian casualties in traditional explosives, it increases the places where it can be deployed, giving pilots more potential shots at a target.
However, the amount of precision and intelligence required to hit a target accurately is accompanied by additional resources from officers and military officials.
Hellfire rockets can be effective, but they often endanger innocent bystanders. A new weapon, however, is diving bombs that use six blades to perform precision attacks
Predator drone are unmanned vehicles that are capable of firing rockets, conducting reconnaissance and more
The report states that the rocket has been deployed somewhat selectively since it was developed in 2011, with around six applications. One of the confirmed murders, the report says, is Jamal al-Badawi who was killed in a bombing in 2000 in which 17 sailors were killed.
Under Obama & # 39; s presidency, journalists such as Jeremy Scahill and others have described a huge and covert extension of the CIA drone program, which many compared to a silent war that was being conducted without the knowledge of the American public.
Analysts at think tanks such as Brookings Institution have the hypothesis that the impact of civilian casualties as a result of drone warfare can even exacerbate radicalization. Terrorists have been shown to use the massacre as a recruitment tool to turn civilians against the US.
In March, President Donald Trump reversed a mandate from the Obama era in which the government had to report on the number of casualties by drones outside the traditional war zones.
While the US Department of Defense reports annually on civilian casualties as a result of military operations, the CIA performs much of its work in secret and is not covered by the mandate.
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