When Ayman al-Zawahri, after Osama bin Laden leader of al Qaeda, was wiped out on the balcony In a pink house in the posh Kabul district of the Afghan capital, neighbors heard an explosion but saw no sign of an explosion.
A neighbor who lives nearby told Reuters she heard a loud noise on Sunday but was curious to see the usual chaos that most Kabul residents associate with a bomb or missile attack. including smoke and fire. That led the ballistics discussion class to assume that the attack was carried out by the infamous “flying Ginsu”—named after Japan’s iconic ultra-sharp knives. heavily advertised in the 1980s. It is truly as brutal as it sounds, piercing through walls or roofs of vehicles to destroy its target.
The weapon — officially known as the R9X Hellfire missile — appears to be from a James Bond brainstorming session. According to a Review of Bellingcat on weapons.
Weapon accuracy means there’s less chance of damage happening. And in fact, no civilians were killed in the attack on Zawahri. The indication that its use is without explosion. In the case of Zawahiri, 71, only the balcony window where he was standing alone, was shattered.
The US does not claim to keep the Hellfire “Flying Ginsu” in its arsenal, but several reports in recent years show irrefutable evidence that they have been used for precision destruction in Syria, Libya , Somalia and Yemen. This is the first suspected use in Afghanistan, according to several news reports.
The Taliban, who may have been caught off guard in protecting the al Qaeda leader, condemned the attack with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid calling it a violation of “international principles” that could be a bit rich for with a terrorist group that has been enslaved. and beheaded hundreds of people.
Several sources told the Associated Press and Reuters that the CIA led the intelligence work that led to the attack. The Pakistani government tweeted on Tuesday that the US did not use its intelligence or territory, nor did the attack violate Pakistani airspace.
Reuters reports that Zawahiri lived safely in the mountains until he was transferred to Kabul when the Taliban took over following a rapid US withdrawal last year.