Two senior leaders in an al-Qaida-aligned group were killed this week in Syria by a new U.S. weapon packed with blades, according to a report.
Qassam al-Urduni of Jordan and Bilal al-Sanaani of Yemen, both of whom were commanders in the al-Qaida-linked group Horas al-Din, or “Guardians of Religion,” were killed Sunday, The Associated Press reported.
Video that was shared of the car in which they were said to be riding showed only one side damaged and the roof smashed in, instead of the typical damage from an explosion.
This led to the conclusion that a weapon whose existence was first revealed last May had been used, according to Fox News.
The Fox report said that the R9X missile, a variant on the Hellfire anti-tank missile, was developed by the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency and bears colloquial nicknames that include the “Flying Ginsu” or the “ninja bomb.”
“The Hellfire R9X missile is a modified version of the Hellfire anti-tank missile, the likes of which have been featured on America drones like the Reaper and Predator. The reference to knives is no accident, as it features multiple steel blades that emerge from the missile moments before impact,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox.
A US strike kills a notable al-Qaeda leader in Syria. A video of the car he was in. pic.twitter.com/5qtVukN5O1 modern weapons!
— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) June 14, 2020