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The Pentagon's missile full of swords has likely struck again in Syria
Task and Purpose ^ | 17 Aug 2020 | JARED KELLER

Posted on 08/17/2020 5:55:03 PM PDT by BeauBo

The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria likely used a unique variant of the beloved Hellfire missile to kill a mercenary trainer who recently worked with an al Qaeda-affiliated militant group there, according to photos from the scene of the strike.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported last week that a drone strike likely affiliated with the U.S.-led international military coalition in the country was responsible for killing Abu Yahya al-Uzbeki, an independent "military trainer" recently affiliated with the al Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Din organization, while he was traveling in Syria's Idlib province.

Photos of the aftermath of the strike on al-Uzbeki's vehicle show a relatively intact car rather than a fiery wreck, suggesting that, as with similar strikes in the region, the coalition employed the notorious R9X variant of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, a non-explosive weapon that can best be described as a 100-pound flying switchblade.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abuahmedaljaziri; abuyahyaaluzbeki; afghanistan; agm114; ahmadabukhayralmasri; alqaeda; bilalalsanaani; djibouti; erdogan; eritrea; flyingginsu; hayattahriralsham; hellfire; hurrasaldin; idlib; kurdistan; qaeda; qassamalurduni; r9x; receptayyiperdogan; sudan; syria; terrorist; turkey; waronterror; yemen
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"First publicized by the Wall Street Journal in 2019 and colloquially known as the "flying Ginsu" or "ninja bomb," the R9X forgoes an explosive payload in favor of a kinetic warhead containing a halo of blades that deploy moments before impact, eviscerating a target and, ostensibly, reducing the potential civilian casualties that might otherwise accompany a large explosion from a traditional warhead."

""Developed in a collaboration between the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency, the R9X Hellfire variant technically a secret. However, the distinctive effects of the munition have become increasingly recognizable since the U.S. government reportedly started deploying it downrange in 2017.

Indeed, the impact patterns on al-Uzbeki's vehicle appear to match those on the car belonging to Qassam al-Urduni and Bilal al-Sanaani, two leaders of Hurras Al-Din who were killed in a similar drone strike in June of this year in northwestern Syria.

That same pattern also appeared on the vehicles of Abu Ahmed al-Jaziri, a foreign fighter for al Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham who was killed in a drone strike in December 2019, and Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, the al Qaeda second-in-command who, according to the Wall Street Journal, the CIA allegedly killed in in February 2017.

While all three of those strikes, like the al-Uzbeki one, took place in Syria's Idlib province, the weapon has also been deployed in Yemen in recent years, according to the Wall Street Journal. And according to The War Zone, photos from the aftermath of a January 2019 airstrike against a suspected Taliban commander in Afghanistan suggest the use of the missile there as well.

It's unclear how many R9X missiles the Pentagon has in its arsenal: the Army and Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget requests for missile procurement make no mention of this specific Hellfire variant, although the Air Force's budget request does note that multiple variants "may be procured based upon operational requirements for various warheads and the enhanced weapon engagement zone."

But as I previously wrote, the reported deployment of the R9X against suspected terrorists downrange suggests the Pentagon is increasingly embracing the Hellfire variant as a low-collateral precision strike weapon — a move that suggests the Pentagon's flying switchblade is moving from high-profile oddity to a conventional staple of the DoD's arsenal."

1 posted on 08/17/2020 5:55:03 PM PDT by BeauBo
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“the coalition employed the notorious R9X variant of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, a non-explosive weapon...


So a missile that is non-explosive and kills only the target and not bystanders is now “notorious”? Of course it does dice and slice...


2 posted on 08/17/2020 6:00:30 PM PDT by hanamizu
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” “flying Ginsu” “

Slices, dices and never loses its edge.


3 posted on 08/17/2020 6:00:36 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

It even makes julienne fries, but gotta hit that sucker juuuuuuuuuust right!I

(With apologies to Gallagher)


4 posted on 08/17/2020 6:04:44 PM PDT by hoagy62 (DTCM&OTTH)
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To: Rebelbase
It makes bushels of julianne jihadis.
5 posted on 08/17/2020 6:05:32 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BeauBo

I hope they grease those blades with pork fat.


6 posted on 08/17/2020 6:09:16 PM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here)
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To: BeauBo

Call it the “Musashi”.
Or the “shinobi”.
CC


7 posted on 08/17/2020 6:09:27 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (My cats are more amusing than 200 channels worth of TV.)
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To: Rebelbase

“flying Ginsu” “

Slices, dices and never loses its edge.

But, wait, there’s more! We’ll send you a second one for free. Just pay $99,995.00 S&H.


8 posted on 08/17/2020 6:09:36 PM PDT by ocrp1982
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To: BeauBo

Comes with a lifetime guarantee!!! Oh...wait....


9 posted on 08/17/2020 6:12:30 PM PDT by jdsteel (Americans are Dreamers too!!!)
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To: BeauBo
Splatter! I notice a lot of these hits are windshield or roof just above the front seat.


10 posted on 08/17/2020 6:16:37 PM PDT by farming pharmer (fork you :(){ :|:& };:)
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“...I hope they grease those blades with pork fat....”
If they don’t, they sure need to.
Slather it on there....good & thick.
Maybe they’ll get a good whiff of it before they’re “sliced & diced”.


11 posted on 08/17/2020 6:16:52 PM PDT by lgjhn23 (Libs are a virus.....the DemoVirus!!)
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"flying Ginsu"

Has got nothin' on the Flying Guillotine

12 posted on 08/17/2020 6:18:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: BeauBo

So long Abu Yabba Dabba Dodo


13 posted on 08/17/2020 6:19:41 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1, Today's Special, Half Baked: 50c)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Just the way I like them. With a fine chianti.


14 posted on 08/17/2020 6:22:15 PM PDT by Smellin Salt
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To: farming pharmer

Bomb damage assessment from the photo, indicates that the targets are not just merely dead, but in fact are most sincerely dead.


15 posted on 08/17/2020 6:23:30 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: Rebelbase

Slices onions before there’s even time to cry!


16 posted on 08/17/2020 6:26:13 PM PDT by Noumenon (When Hunter Biden sent out for a dildo for his strip club soiree, they brought back Adam Schiff.)
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To: BeauBo
Bomb damage assessment from the photo, indicates that the targets are not just merely dead, but in fact are most sincerely dead.

I wonder if they saw it coming at the last second?
17 posted on 08/17/2020 6:26:19 PM PDT by farming pharmer (fork you :(){ :|:& };:)
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To: BeauBo

What a mess for the guys parting out the car.


18 posted on 08/17/2020 6:26:48 PM PDT by damper99
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To: BeauBo

BTTT!!!


19 posted on 08/17/2020 6:27:49 PM PDT by musicman (The future is just a collection of successive nows.)
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To: BeauBo

Rocket powered, spinning blades flying Ginsu. An incoming food processor.


20 posted on 08/17/2020 6:29:13 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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