During times of war, it a sad inevitability that there are often civilian casualties. The U.S. military does everything in their power to minimize these casualties, but sometimes it’s simply impossible with the current missiles in use. But now, thanks to a little help from the CIA, these unnecessary casualties could become a thing of the past.
Annonomyous government employees told the Wall Street Journal that the CIA has secretly been creating and using a weapon that is identical to the Hellfire missile. The only difference is the explosive warhead has been replaced with six sword-like spinning blades that expand seconds before impact.
The weapon, which has been dubbed “RX9,” was reportedly used in the February 2017 killing of Abu Khayr al-Masri, a deputy leader of Al-Qaeda. He was killed in his car when he was traveling around Syria. The roof of the car looked as if the jaws of life ripped it open like a can opener.
Those who spoke to the Wall Street Journal under anonymity claimed that the missile has only been used “about a half-dozen times.” RX9 goes by many aliases, including: “ninja bomb” and “the flying Ginsu,” a knife brand found in infomercials in the 70s, the Daily Mail reported.
The “ninja bomb” can strike relatively close to its target without killing nearby civilians.
The secret weapon was reportedly created under the authority of Barack Obama. The weapon was considered as a means of killing Osama bin Laden, but the former president opted to send in SEAL Team 6 instead.
The main goal of the missile is to reduce civilian casualties, an issue American forces conducting drone strikes and missile strikes have struggled with in the past.
In the last 15 years, drone strikes have killed an estimated 769 to 1725 civilians, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported. To make matters worse, at least 250 of those were children.
In a 2013 interview, Obama announced he would be putting together a new strategy to minimize civilian casualties.
“Before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured – the highest standard we can set,” he said. “For me and those in my chain of command, those deaths will haunt us as long as we live.”