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WSJ: US Has Secret 'Knife Missile' That Can Kill Terrorists Without Harming Civilians

WSJ: US Has Secret 'Knife Missile' That Can Kill Terrorists Without Harming Civilians
In this June 13, 2010, file photo a U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 09 May 2019 04:23 PM

The U.S. military has a secret knife missile that can kill terrorists without harming civilians, and has used it only about a half-dozen times including in operations in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The R9X missile is an unmanned aerial vehicle that deploys sharp blades, hitting targets like a “speeding anvil” from the sky, says the Journal. It’s a variant of the Hellfire missile and is designed with six long blades that only emerge from the missile seconds before impact.

The CIA used the weapon to kill al Qaeda’s Aby Khayr al Masri in Syria in 2017 and Jamal al-Badawi in Yemen in 2019.

Al-Badawi was a Yemeni al-Qaeda operative accused of organizing the 2000 attack on the USS Cole. The U.S. military also considered the weapon as its backup option to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, according to officials who spoke with the Journal.

The R9X was developed under President Barack Obama in response to his mandate to reduce civilian casualties in drone strikes in light of tactics by terrorist fighters to hide among groups of women and children.

Some officials referred to the R9X as "the flying Ginsu" or the “ninja bomb” because the blades can cut through concrete, sheet metal, and other materials – the missile did not even shatter the windshield of the car carrying Masri.

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The U.S. military has a secret knife missile that can kill terrorists without harming civilians, and has used it only about a half-dozen times including in operations in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia, The Wall Street Journal reports.The R9X missile is an unmanned...
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