The existence of the unique missile, officially dubbed the Hellfire R9X, was first revealed in 2019.
No traces of an explosion, no collateral victims… The death of the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in the middle of Kabul on Saturday, July 30, has every chance of being caused by a Hellfire R9X missile. Also called the “ninja bomb” or “flying ginsu,” it is a real flying sword, which does not give its target a chance.
The missile extends six blades that shred the intended target while leaving much of the surrounding area unscathed, limiting civilian casualties during airstrikes.
The missiles that took out al-Zawahiri on Sunday, have never been publicly acknowledged by the US Department of Defence (Pentagon) or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Both Pentagon and CIA are known to undertake targetted assassinations of extremist leaders. Even the Sunday strike attacking al-Zawahiri’s Kabul home was carried out by CIA officials, confirmed by five people familiar with the secretive US counterterrorism operation to AP. While Joe Biden and other world leaders hailed the US drone strike, the Taliban has already decried the attack and termed it a violation of the Doha agreement.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the weapon was used to take out Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in 2020, and Jamal al-Badawi in 2019.
Photographs taken in the aftermath of Sunday’s successful operation against Zawahiri suggest that the unique missile was used, once again.
Here’s what the director of the Middle East Institute’s Syria program ”Charlies Listen” wrote on Twitter:
“The apparent lack of explosive damage may suggest the U.S. used an R9X ‘flying ginsu’ missile.”
This is reportedly an image from the scene of the strike, in #Kabul‘s Sherpur neighborhood.
The apparent lack of explosive damage may suggest the U.S. used an R9X ‘flying ginsu’ missile, which is inert & carries self-deploying blades to kill a target with no collateral damage. pic.twitter.com/LLI31wT3Oe
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) August 1, 2022
More from The Daily Caller report:
Zawahiri was on the balcony when the Hellfire missiles struck shortly after sunrise Sunday, according to a senior official from the Biden administration. The home was reportedly owned by the Taliban’s de facto deputy leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, whose son and son-in-law also died in the strike, Lister wrote in a later tweet.
Residents near the Shirpur neighborhood in Kabul, where the house was located, reported hearing a blast so loud that “children ran away from the sound,” according to The Washington Post. Just a few blocks away from the target, residents said they were scared of the roar from the missile and felt the ground shaking, the outlet reported.
Two of the weapons were used Sunday and no civilian casualties were reported, according to Indian news agency NDTV. To date, the CIA and Pentagon have never acknowledged the use of the Hellfire R9X missile, the outlet noted.