A secret missile developed by the USA military is nicknamed the Ninja bomb and armed with blades instead of explosives to target individuals while limiting other casualties.
The Wall Street Journal reports the missile is created to assassinate a single terrorist by crushing them or slicing them up.
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 drone-operated R9X missile is a level up from the clunkier and far more destructive Hellfire missile.
The missile, which is dubbed the R9X "Flying Ginsu", is a non-explosive missile which kills the enemy target with kinetic energy and six blades.
The weapon is, at its base, a Hellfire missile - a 100 pound, five-foot air-to-ground weapon used by USA armed forces. Victims include Jamal al-Badawi, who was accused of being behind the 2000 USS Cole bombing.
War reporters have been speculating that the USA military had a new kind of weapon since at least February 2017, when photos emerged following the death of Al Qaeda's Abu Khayr al Masri in Syria. Such was the case in 2011 when Obama launched a campaign to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
The R9X was developed in part as a response to President Barack Obama's mandate to reduce civilian casualties in drone strikes, especially in light of the tactic adopted by leaders of targeted terrorist and insurgent organizations (such as the leaders of the Taliban and Al Qaeda) of using women and children as a human shield in hopes of avoiding drone strikes.
According to the Journal's sources, the DOD has only used the R9X about six times.
Photos of Masri's vehicle after he was killed revealed a long thin hole torn into the roof and a partially cracked windscreen.