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Airpower Summary for July 30: Strike Eagles strike

7/31/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations July 30, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, an Air Force MQ-1B Predator fired a Hellfire missile at enemy forces in a tree line in Gereshk.

Also in Gereshk, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles dropped guided bomb unit-38s, 31s and 12s on enemy targets. Some of the targets were compounds, buildings, firing positions and enemies in a tree line. These strikes were reported to have good effects by the on-scene joint terminal attack controller.

Another F-15E dropped a GBU-31 on enemies in Bermel. The weapon was reported to have hit its intended target.

Also in Bermel, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs dropped GBU-12s on a group of insurgents. The pilots also provided a show of force with flares for a convoy moving between forward operating bases.

A French Mirage 2000 conducted a successful show of force with flares over Bari Kowt.

F-15Es dropped GBU-38s, GBU-12s and a GBU-31 on enemy targets in Garmsir. The aircrews attacked a mortar position and enemies hiding in a tree line. The engagements resulted in good effects.

An Air Force B-1B Lancer provided shows of force with flares to deter enemy fire around a JTAC's position in Farah. No more attacks were reported after the show of force.

A-10s also provided successful shows of force with flares to stop enemy activity around Gardez.

In total, 45 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

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

In Iraq, an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon provided a successful show of force with flares over an enemy mortar team firing on Camp David near Najaf.

A Royal Air Force GR-4 Tornado provided a show of force with flares to deter enemy activity over an area in Baghdad. The pilots also watched over a convoy hit by an improvised explosive device.

A B-1 destroyed a bridge and a weapons cache with GBU-31s in Al Iskandariyah.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 51 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions supported coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided over watch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Fifteen Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Additionally, four RAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. 

Some 151 airlift sorties were flown, 415 tons of cargo were delivered and 2,430 passengers were transported. Airlift included approximately 16,955 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Iraq and Japan flew in support of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

On July 29, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 49 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.6 million pounds of fuel to 216 receiving aircraft. 

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