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Coalition jets support troops in Operation Matador

COMBINED AIR OPERATIONS CENTER — Coalition aircraft provided close air support and intelligence to Coalition troops in western Iraq as part of Operation Matador May 7 - 15.

Primarily in the vicinity of Al Qaim, U.S. Air Force F-15Es, Predators and U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18s have expended ordnance against anti-Iraqi forces. The strikes resulted from close coordination with Coalition ground forces requesting immediate air support.

The strikes were achieved, in part, with precision-guided munitions to reduce collateral damage. Ordnance expended during the operation included six GBU-12s, three GBU-38s, two Maverick missiles, three Hellfire missiles and nearly 2,200 20mm cannon rounds.

“Our job was to provide close air support and intel to Coalition troops in direct contact with anti-Iraqi forces,” said Maj. Gen. Norman R. Seip, deputy Combined Force Air Component commander. “We responded forcefully, while limiting collateral damage.”

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft also flew intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, aiding pilots, mission planners and Coalition troops. Predators, Global Hawks, U-2s and fighter aircraft performing in a reconnaissance role were some of the aircraft involved in the ISR mission.

While Operation Matador has concluded, Coalition air forces remain postured to respond to Anti-Iraqi Forces’ activities.

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