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    Airpower Summary for August 4



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    United States Air Forces Central     

    By the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs Office

    SOUTHWEST ASIA - Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations, August 4, 2008, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

    In Afghanistan, a French Mirage 2000 dropped a guided bomb unit-12 onto enemy combatants near Delaram. Furthermore French Mirage 2000s performed a show of force to deter enemy activities. The joint terminal attack controller declared the mission successful.

    In the vicinity of Now Zad, Air Force B-1B Lancers dropped a GBU-31 and 38s onto enemy militants. The mission was confirmed successful by the JTAC.

    Royal Air Force GR.7 Harriers conducted a show of force in the vicinity of Sangin to deter anti-Afghan activities. The JTAC reported the mission successful.

    Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs performed armed over watch near Bagram and in the vicinity of Nangalam to deter enemy activities. The missions were declared successful by the JTACs.

    Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles conducted shows of force to deter insurgent activities near Worzhanah Kalay and Kabul. The JTACs confirmed the missions successful.

    In total, 45 close air support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

    Fourteen Air Force and RAF surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two Royal Air Force aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

    In Iraq, an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon dropped GBU-38s onto a building that coalition forces received enemy fire from. The JTAC reported the mission successful.

    In total, coalition aircraft flew 47 close air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized with coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided over watch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

    Twenty-five Air Force and Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, two RAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

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

    Approximately 112 airlift sorties were flown; 311 tons of cargo delivered, and 2,574 passengers were transported. This included approximately 87,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

    On, August 3, 2008, U.S. Air Force and RAF aerial refueling crews flew 66 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.5 million pounds of fuel to 311 receiving aircraft.



    Date Taken: 08.04.2008
    Date Posted: 08.05.2008 10:47
    Story ID: 22141

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