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The US military kill al-Qaeda-linked commander with precision Hellfire missiles in northern Syria just miles away from where Special Forces carried out the raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October

US forces are thought to have killed a senior jihadist leader in northern Syria using a rarely deployed “Ninja” missile which attacks targets with precision sword-like blades.
The Hellfire missile, or AGM-114R9X, which has a set of six folding blades instead of a warhead for minimum collateral damage, is believed to have been used to take out a commander in the al-Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) in the province of Idlib.
The leader, named locally by his nom-de-guerre Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir, was reported to have been killed on Tuesday night when the car he was travelling in was hit by missiles in the town of Atmeh near the Turkish border, 10 miles from the US raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month.
He was said to be a high-profile foreign trainer of an elite force within HTS, known as "The Red Bands". Another, unidentified fighter who had been in car was also killed.


Images of the scene shared on social media show a hole in the driver’s seat of the Mutsubishi Delica, which is otherwise largely intact. Inside the car, flesh and blood can be seen and a number of large identical cut marks.

Experts point to the windows, which have not been blown out, as evidence the “Ninja” or so-called “flying Ginsu” was used.
The missile has only been deployed on a handful of occasions in the eight-year conflict in Syria, with at least one other reported use in the killing of Abu Khayr al-Masri, the deputy leader of al-Qaeda, in February 2017.


The Hellfire AGM-114R9X "ninja" missile substitutes the explosive warhead found on standard missiles for a set of six folding sword-like blades, designed to smash through buildings and vehicles with minimal civilian casualties

Masri was killed while driving a car in al-Mastouma, 30 miles south of Atmeh, in Idlib.
US unmanned aircraft, such as MQ-9 Reapers, can carry Hellfire missiles and are known to carry out targeted strikes.
The missile has various pros and cons; while its precision helps to minimise the risk of civilian casualties, it relies on detailed intelligence that requires a lot of human resources.
Nick Waters, a former infantry officer and investigator at Bellingcat who analysed pictures from the scene, said he could clearly see four cuts in the roof, one in the windscreen and one through the door: “you’ve got six: the same number of blades an R9X has,” he said.


Al-Qaeda deputy Abu Khayr al-Masri's car was targeted by a Hellfire missile. Pictures from the scene in 2017 show minimal damage to the rest of the car - a trademark of the AGM-114R9X, CREDIT: TWITTER
"This strike is very distinctive and although the coalition have denied carrying it out, it is possible that other US agencies not under the control of the coalition, such as the CIA, may have carried out this strike unilaterally,” he told the Telegraph.

The US-led coalition said it did not carry out the strike. The Telegraph approached US Central Command (CENTCOM) for comment.
The US has focused on targeting Isil leaders in northern Syria and has largely avoided HTS in Idlib in the northwest. The Islamist group rules control most of the province, pushing out more moderate groups who had previously been dominant.
It would be the first US strike on an HTS leader since 2017.
The skies above Idlib are crowded as the Syrian government and its Russian allies carry out an offensive to regain the last-remaining rebel stronghold in the country.
How much do those missiles cost? And considering they don't explode what happens to the electronics inside if the other terrorists left alive sell it to the Russians or Chinese?
The missile itself is heavier than regular Hellfires and is mostly a kinetic weapon so any electronics inside will likely be shattered or fused into a meaningless rubble upon impact.

Honestly this is just a high tech way of throwing a big heavy rock on a guy. I guess the swords are to give it a bigger margin of error upon impact, they give you a big umbrella of coverage inside the vehicle where, it may not kill the guy outright but he's going to be chopped up pretty good and will likely bleed out anyway.

This tech ain't shit. Wait till they weaponize drone swarms with tiny Claymore like shaped charge warheads. You think you're safe when suddenly 4 or 5 drones fly into the room and detonate 2 feet in front of you, showering your face with hot shrapnel. It's like a grenade that you can throw around a corner 600 yards away.


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Additional reading materials for those who care:

This particular missile system has been used (at least once before).

About this incident in particular:

And a little about the missile itself:

This particular system comes in real handy when you need zero collateral damage. From what I have heard it is a relatively low cost solution to the urban targeting problem.

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This is amazing, I love that we’re dropping terror from the sky.

Why is this a “gruesome weapon” of war but we have to be super careful how we talk about Islamic terrorists who indiscriminately kill women and children, rape women and children, terrorize non-believers etc.

We should be brutalizing them because they’re brutal terrorists.

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Imagine that we get into a shooting war with fucking space aliums. They're super advanced, millions of years older than us, but haven't fought a war in millenia. They've gone through their archives and they think they've mastered the basics. Artillery, orbital bombardment, firearms, all that good stuff.

And America starts dropping SKYKNIVES on them. This weapon is the epitome of over two millenia of constant human warfare. It's hyper expensive, hyper specialized, and incredibly effective at the one hilariously narrow job it has. Go back to Alpha Cent you filthy fuckin Greys!

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