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Feb. 14 airpower: F-15s conduct successful strikes

2/14/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 14.

In Afghanistan Feb. 13, Air Force F-15 Eagles conducted a strike against enemy forces near Musa Qal'eh. An F-15 expended a guided bomb unit-12 on a vehicle, successfully destroying it and stopping an enemy rocket attack.

An Air Force F-15 conducted a strike against enemy forces in an open area near Musa Qal'eh. The F-15 expended a GBU-12, directly hitting enemy forces, according to the joint terminal attack controller's report.

An Air Force B-1 Lancer conducted a strike against an enemy compound near Gereshk. After receiving coordinates from an MQ-1 Predator, the B-1 expended GBU-38s successfully on the enemy forces.

A Predator conducted a strike against enemy forces fleeing a compound after a previous air strike near Gereshk. The Predator expended a Hellfire missile, successfully impacting fleeing enemies.

Air Force F-15s provided close-air support to International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with enemy forces near Gereshk. An F-15 expended a GBU-12 successfully hitting an enemy firing position.

 An F-15 also expended GBU-38s on a British vehicle that had struck an improvised explosive device or mine and therefore had to be destroyed. An F-15 also expended a GBU-12 on enemy forces in an open area. F-15s also provided four shows of force, expending several flares to prevent further small arms fire against coalition forces near Gereshk.

Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers provided a very low-altitude show of force, expending flares to assist coalition forces near Shurakain. A JTAC reported that enemy forces were suppressed after the show of force.

In total, 30 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, an RAF GR-4 Tornado conducted a strike near Al Amarah. The GR-4 successfully expended an enhanced Paveway II munition on target.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 48 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, 11 Air Force, Navy and RAF ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 130 airlift sorties were flown; more than 750 tons of cargo was delivered, and approximately 2,665 passengers were transported.

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

On Feb. 12, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 35 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.1 million pounds of fuel.

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