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CENTAF releases airpower summary for Feb. 4

2/4/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 4.

In Afghanistan Feb. 3, an Air Force B-1B Lancer provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with enemy forces near Forward Operating Base Carlson. The B-1B successfully expended a guided bomb unit-38 on enemy rocket positions.

A B-1B and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided close-air support for ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Qurya.

The B-1B successfully expended guided bomb unit-31s on a building containing enemy forces reported to be firing rocket propelled grenades and small arms at a joint tactical air controller position.

In total, 17 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

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

In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air-support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Samarra and Tal Afar.

RAF GR-4 Tornados also provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Mamudiyah and Basrah.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 22 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.

Additionally, 13 Air Force, U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed 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 more than 120 airlift sorties, delivered nearly 600 tons of cargo and transported 3,025 passengers.

On Feb. 02, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 28 sorties and off-loaded almost 1.9 million pounds of fuel.

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