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Suspected ‘Ninja Bomb’ Strike Kills Two Individuals In Turkish-Occupied Al-Bab (Photos)

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A suspected U.S. drone strike on the Turkish-occupied part of northern Aleppo has reportedly claimed the lives of two individuals affiliated with ISIS.

The two individuals were traveling on a motorcycle in the vicinity of the city of al-Bab on June 20 morning, when they were targeted by a combat drone. Local sources said the drone was of the “U.S.-led coalition.”

The scene of the strike showed no signs of an explosion. This suggests that the motorcycle was targeted with a U.S.-made AGM-114R9X Hellfire missile.

The AGM-114R9X, dubbed “Ninja Bomb,” is a Hellfire copy with a kinetic warhead consisting of pop-out blades meant to to reduce collateral damage. First deployed in secret since 2017, with existence revealed in 2019.

An ID issued by the Turkish-backed Local Council of the Town of Akhtarin was found with one of the individuals killed in drone strike. The ID carried the name of “Ahmad Hussein al-Darwish,” supposedly born on March 3, 1983.

The Violation Documentation Center in North Syria said al-Darwish was a senior security commander of ISIS. He was allegedly living in the town of Dabiq northwest of al-Bab. These claims are yet to be verified.

The U.S. has a history of assassinating ISIS commanders in the Turkish-occupied areas in northern Syria. Last month, the military commander of ISIS’ “Hama Wilayat,” Abu Zaki al-Taibani, was killed in a drone strike in Afrin.

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