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    Airpower Summary for July 29

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    United States Air Forces Central     

    U.S. Central Command Air Forces Public Affairs

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations July 29, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

    In Afghanistan, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided shows of force with flares to deter any enemy attacks on a friendly forces position in Asmar. The Joint Terminal Attack Controller called both shows of force successful.

    An Air Force B-1B Lancer provided shows of presence over coalition routes in areas around Gereshk.

    A Royal Air Force Tornado GR-4 conducted a successful show of force against insurgents on a rooftop in Gereshk.

    Also in Gereshk, a French Air Force Mirage F-1 dropped a Guided Bomb Unit-12 on an enemy compound. The JTAC reported the drop as successful.

    In Gereshk, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles dropped GBU-38s and a GBU-12 on enemies in a tree line and a building. These strikes had good effects.

    Other F-15Es dropped GBU-38s on a mortar firing position in Now Zad. The weapons hit their intended target. The aircrews also provided a show of force to deter any more enemy activity in the area.

    A B-1 dropped GBU-38s and GBU-31s on an enemy mortar and machine gun position in Tarin Kowt. The weapons destroyed the targets.

    An F-15E fired cannon rounds and dropped a GBU-12 on an enemy firing position in Lashkar Gah. The weapons were reported to have good effects by the JTAC.

    In total, 41 close air support missions were flown in support of the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Ten Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons over watched a quick response force helping friendly forces after an improvised explosive device detonation near Tikrit. Other F-16s looked for IEDs and monitored a possible weapons cache in Al Iskandariyah.

    Also in Al Iskandariyah, A-10s watched over ground forces moving and conducting searches throughout the city.

    F-16s searched for suspicious activity around a medical evacuation in Baghdad. Other F-16s looked for other activity in other parts of Baghdad and Taji.

    A GR-4 provided a show of force with flares for operations along a wooded area in Samarra. The pilots also watched over a convoy and an oil tanker.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 51 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions supported coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Sixteen Air Force, Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Additionally, four Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    U.S. Air Force C-130s and C-17s provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

    Approximately 141 airlift sorties were flown; 523 tons of cargo was delivered, and approximately 2,085 passengers were transported. This included approximately 59,760 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

    Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Iraq and Korea flew in support of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

    On July 28, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force and French Air Force aerial refueling crews flew 46 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.5 million pounds of fuel to 224 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 07.29.2007
    Date Posted: 07.30.2007 13:00
    Story ID: 11518

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