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    Airpower Summary for November 8

    Airpower Summary for November 8

    Photo By Master Sgt. Joshua Garcia | U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron prepare a C-130...... read more read more



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    United States Air Forces Central     

    U.S. Central Command Air Forces

    SOUTHWEST ASIA — Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations, Nov. 8, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, an Air Force MQ-1B Predator engaged enemy combatants with a hellfire missile in Delarem. The enemy combatants were in the process of setting up mortar equipments. The strike was assessed as successful.

    An Air Force B1-B Lancer dropped a guided bomb unit-38 against enemy position in Asadabad. The enemy combatants at the location were conducting hostile actions against coalition forces. The joint terminal attack controller confirmed good hits on the target and declared the mission a success.

    A Royal Air Force Harrier GR-9 targeted a cave used by enemy combatants with an Enhanced Paveway II munition in Gereshk. The target was confirmed as destroyed by the JTAC.

    Enemy positions were hit with cannon rounds and GBU-12s during a strike conducted by Navy F/A-18C Hornets in Now Zad. The mission was assessed as successful by the JTAC.

    During the same mission, F/A-18Cs aided in the engagement by dropping GBU-12s and firing cannon rounds against enemy combatants who were engaging coalition convoys moving through Now Zad. The JTAC declared the strike as successful.

    Enemy combatants were targeted with GBU-38s and cannon rounds by F/A-18Cs during an engagement in Orgune. The impact of the munitions effectively suppressed the enemy. The strike was confirmed as successful by the JTAC.

    Shows of force with flares were conducted by F/A-18Cs to deter enemy activities in Musah Qal'eh. The JTAC deemed the mission as successful.

    To deter enemy activities, an F/A-18C conducted a show of force in Sangin. The JTAC assessed the mission as successful.

    In total, 36 close air support missions were flown in support of the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

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

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

    Twenty-two Air Force and Navy Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Additionally, two Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

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

    Approximately 150 airlift sorties were flown, 541 tons of cargos were delivered, and 2,759 passengers were transported. This included approximately 32,650 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On Nov. 7, U.S. Air Force, French and Royal Air Force aerial refueling crews flew 45 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.8 million pounds of fuel to 233 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 11.09.2007
    Date Posted: 11.09.2007 14:36
    Story ID: 13776

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