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CENTAF releases airpower summary for Aug. 8

8/8/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Aug. 8.

In Afghanistan Aug. 7, an Air Force B-1 Lancer provided close-air support for coalition troops taking small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire from Taliban extremists near Oruzgan. The B-1 expended Guided Bomb Unit-31s on cave entrances and the extremists' positions, ending the engagement.

Air Force A-10s provided close air support for coalition troops in contact with anti-coalition forces near Khowst.

A B-1 also provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with enemy forces near Musah Qal'eh.

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

In total, coalition aircraft flew 23 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-15E Eagles provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad.

Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Al Mahmudiyah.

Additionally, 13 Air Force, Navy and Royal Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq .

In total, coalition aircraft flew 42 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. They flew 160 airlift sorties, delivered 500 tons of cargo and transported 1,900 passengers. This included nearly 10,760 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in eastern Afghanistan.

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

On Aug. 6, U.S. and French Air Force tankers flew 41 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.7 million pounds of fuel.



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