“The Guardian” newspaper reported that the “Hellfire AGM-114R9X” missile, which first attracted media attention last year, has been used repeatedly since then to eliminate terrorists linked to “Al Qaeda” in Syria.
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The newspaper stated that, until last May, the use of this missile in combat operations did not exceed six times, but the intensity of operations using it has witnessed an increasing increase since then.
The report considers that the expansion of the use of this missile in Syria is linked to the problems that the US military faces in its special operations there, especially in light of the tangible Russian military presence.
The last targeting operation with this missile was carried out according to media reports, on September 14th, and culminated in the elimination of the Tunisian terrorist Sayyaf, affiliated with the “Guardians of Religion” organization, which is linked to “Al Qaeda.”
Last June, the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” published a video clip showing the debris of a missile of this type that targeted a car in Idlib carrying two wanted men and a Yemeni on board, which led to their liquidation.
This secret missile was designed during the era of former US President Barack Obama in order to reduce the risk of “collateral damage” among civilians when it is used.
The missile hits the target in a concentrated fashion without exploding, which allows the targeting circle to be sharply reduced, and it contains six blades that kill everyone in the immediate vicinity of the target.