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CENTAF releases airpower summary

11/25/2005 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today’s airpower summary.

Coalition aircraft flew 42 close-air support missions Nov. 24 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They supported coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Coalition aircraft also supported Iraqi and coalition ground forces operations to create a secure environment for ongoing Transitional National Assembly meetings.

Twelve Air Force, Navy and Royal Australian Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

In Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 21 close-air support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and the conduct of presence route patrols.

An Air Force B-52 Stratofortress provided close-air support to coalition forces in contact with anti-coalition militia and Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs successfully performed air strikes in the vicinity of Oruzgan, strafing enemy firing positions.

An Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and a Predator provided close-air support to coalition forces in contact with insurgents in the vicinity of Qalat.

In addition, two Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa. They flew about 160 airlift sorties, delivered about 295 tons of cargo and transported more than 2,300 passengers.

Coalition C-130s from Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea flew in support of either OIF or OEF.

On Nov. 23, Air Force and Royal Air Force tankers flew 30 sorties and off-loaded nearly 2.2 million pounds of fuel.

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