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Sept. 27 airpower summary: F-16s project power

9/28/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Sept. 27, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs targeted an enemy cave in Asadabad with guided bomb unit-12s to suppress enemy fire. An on-scene joint terminal attack controller reported the bombs hit the target and the enemy fire ceased.

Other A-10s joined the engagement, strafing enemy firing positions in the area with cannon rounds. The JTAC confirmed the rounds hit the targets and the desired result was achieved.

Also near Asadabad, A-10s fired cannon rounds at enemy positions in Bar Kanday. The JTAC confirmed the rounds hit the targets and the desired results were achieved.

The A-10s continued the engagement cutting off the enemies' egress route with cannon fire. The JTAC confirmed the strike was successful.

Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles conducted shows of force over villages along a convoy route in Tarin Kowt to deter enemy attacks. The JTAC reported the shows of force were successful.

An F-15E performed a show of presence to reassure coalition forces in Gereshk that air power was present. The JTAC confirmed the show of presence achieved the desired result.

An Air Force B-1B Lancer with GBU-38s targeted enemies firing on coalition forces from a trench line. The JTAC reported good hits.

The aircrew then targeted an enemy compound with a GBU-31 to disrupt a possible ambush. The JTAC confirmed the bomb hit the intended target.

In total, 41 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Nine Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two RAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons targeted an enemy bridge in Al Muqdadiyah with GBU-38s and GBU-12. The JTAC reported the bridge was destroyed.

The F-16s also conducted shows of force to disperse a crowd gathering near the strike site. The shows of force were reported as successful.

An F-16 in Samarra fired at an enemy vehicle that had breeched a security berm and was continuing to move through the city. The JTAC reported the vehicle was destroyed.

In Baghdad an F-16 targeted a palm grove from which coalition forces were taking fire. The JTAC confirmed the bomb was on target and the enemy fire stopped.

An F-16 conducted a show of force in Nasiriyah to deter suspicious persons in vicinity of a coalition convoy. The JTAC reported the show of force as successful.

In Basrah, an F-16 conducted a show of force with flares to deter a potential attack against Iraqi government officials in the area. The show of force was deemed successful by the JTAC.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 67 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.

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

Approximately 150 airlift sorties were flown, 440 tons of cargo were delivered and approximately 3,300 passengers were transported. Airlift included approximately 44,600 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

On Sept. 26, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 49 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.8 million pounds of fuel to 240 receiving aircraft.



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