The Guardian: The US military expands its use of drone-based missiles in Syria

The Guardian newspaper published a report by the chief international correspondent, Peter Beaumont, entitled “The US military expands its use of drones-borne missiles in Syria”.

Beaumont says that the winged shells known as “ninja shells” can weigh about 100 pounds of shrapnel, high-density materials and are equipped with six fins, and they have been expanded in use in precision assassinations in Syria.

Beaumont explains that the terrible, new secret missiles do not explode, but they fire shrapnel that fly into a certain space with the aim of killing a specific person in the area, noting that the missiles that entered service publicly only last year are considered an effective means of assassinations due to the weak possibility of their influence extending to killing civilians.

Beaumont confirms that the ninja shells were used several times to assassinate leaders of armed factions in Syria, including leaders in factions linked to al Qaeda, and it was most recently used earlier this month, adding that it was used for the first time in the assassination of the second man in al Qaeda in Idlib Abu Khair al Masry in 2017.

But it was not revealed until later last year, after the Wall Street Journal published a detailed report.

Beaumont explains that the new weapon uses the force issued by 100 pounds of high-density material flying in the air at high speed and is connected to shrapnel so that it is launched before hitting the target and works to tear any human in its range, noting that the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published a video of the effects.

The use of Ninja shells on a car in Idlib carrying two members of the Guardians of Religion group affiliated with al Qaeda.