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CENTAF releases airpower summary

7/11/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for July 11.

In Afghanistan July 10, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided close-air support for coalition troops under fire from enemy forces near Musah Qal‘eh. The A-10 expended guided bomb unit-12s destroying an enemy compound.

A-10s also provided close-air support to coalition troops engaged with enemy forces near Gereshk. They also joined Royal Air Force GR-7s to provide close-air support to coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Lashkar Gah.

Additionally, seven Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 29 close-air support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. These missions included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to coalition troops engaged with anti-Iraqi forces near Al Hawijah.

Additionally, 11 Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 34 close-air support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

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. The aircraft flew approximately 140 airlift sorties, delivered almost 230 tons of cargo and transported nearly 2,900 passengers. This included more than 12,500 pounds of troop re-supply airdropped in eastern Afghanistan.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia and Canada flew in support of either OIF or OEF.

On July 9, Air Force, French Air Force and Royal Air Force tankers flew 40 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.3 million pounds of fuel.



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