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CENTAF releases airpower summary

4/21/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.

In Afghanistan April 20, coalition aircraft flew 22 close-air-support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and presence route patrols.

Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided close air support to  coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Asadabad, in continued support of Operation Mountain Lion. The A-10s successfully struck enemy positions with cannon rounds and general-purpose 500-pound bombs.

Also, an Air Force B-52 Stratofortress provided close air support to coalition troops near Deh Rawood. The B-52 successfully struck several enemy positions with precision-guided JDAMs.

In addition, Air Force A-10s and Royal Air Force Harrier GR7s provided close air support to coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Gardez and Orgun-E.

Five Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, Coalition aircraft flew 40 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baquba and Kirkuk.

In addition, 12 Air Force, Navy and RAF ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Also, Air Force fighter aircraft flew in a non-traditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intratheater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They flew 195 airlift sorties, transported 2,135 passengers and delivered 575 tons of cargo including 12,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan in support of Operation Mountain Lion.

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

On April 19 Air Force and RAF tankers flew 32 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.1 million pounds of fuel.



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