Special modification of the Hellfire R9X rocket to eliminate the leader of the terrorist group Huras Ad-Din (al-Qaeda in Syria)

The New York Times, citing an anonymous source in the US administration, confirms the use of a special modification of the Hellfire R9X rocket to eliminate the leader of the terrorist group Huras Ad-Din (al-Qaeda in Syria) as a result of a drone strike on June 14 in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Khaled Al-Aruri has become one of the six targets for the destruction of which this munition has been used over the past few years, according to NYT.

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The US government has officially confirmed the use of R9X in only two cases:
– A CIA drone hit in January 2019 in Yemen, which resulted in the elimination of Jamal Al-Badawi, one of the USS Cole suspected of attacking a US Navy destroyer in 2000;

– A drone attack by the Joint Special Operations Command drone in Syria in February 2017 against Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, the second man in al-Qaeda.

The modified Hellfire missile carried an inert warhead. Instead of exploding, it hurled about 100 pounds of metal through the top of Mr. al-Aruri’s car. If the high-velocity projectile did not kill him, the missile’s other feature almost certainly did: six long blades tucked inside, which deployed seconds before impact to slice up anything in its path.

The Hellfire variant, known as the R9X, was initially developed nearly a decade ago under pressure from President Barack Obama to reduce civilian casualties and property damage in America’s long-running wars in far-flung hot spots such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

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Special modification of the Hellfire R9X rocket to eliminate the leader of the terrorist group Huras Ad-Din (al-Qaeda in Syria)
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