The United States retaliated against ISIS for the Kabul airport bombing by using a special missile.
Meteor Full of Swords
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon employed the R9X variant of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile. It was fired from an MQ-9 Reaper drone.
The missile killed two people who were associated with ISIS in Afghanistan. The missile is often called the “ninja bomb” or “flying Ginsu.”
It was first talked about in 2019 when the Wall Street Journal wrote about it. The R9X uses a halo of blades instead of an explosive warhead. The blades come out right before impact to take out the target.
The upside to this design is that it reduces the impact on civilians in the area. Explosive warheads tend to take out quite a few bystanders on top of their intended targets. The R9X did its job.
“We know of zero civilian casualties. Without specifying any future plans, I will say that we will continue to have the ability to defend ourselves and to leverage over-the-horizon capability to conduct counterterrorism operations as needed.”Army Maj. Gen. William “Hank” Taylor
First Use In A Year
It is also rumored that the R9X was used on Hurras Al-Din leaders Qassam al-Urduni and Bilal al-Sanaani in June 2020 in Syria and another leader, Abu Ahmed al-Jaziri, in June 2019.
The recent use of the missile was the United Stated response to the suicide bombing that struck the Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul. The bombing killed 13 U.S. soldiers and many Afghan citizens, while the massive evacuation of the country was taking place as the Taliban took over.
“To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”President Joe Biden
It looks like the drone and the R9X did exactly what we promised to do.