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Oct. 12 airpower summary: F-15Es target enemy positions

10/13/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Oct. 12, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle targeted an enemy firing position in Asadabad with a guided bomb unit-12. The on-scene joint terminal attack controller confirmed the target was destroyed .

During the same mission, an F-15E conducted an air strike with a GBU-12 on enemy combatants in a cave near Asadabad. The JTAC declared the mission was successful.

An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II performed a show of force to prevent enemy activities in Shkin. The JTAC confirmed the mission was successful.

In Babowkheyl, A-10s used flares while conducting shows of force to deter enemy activities. The JTAC declared the desired affect was achieved.

In total, 39 close-air-support missions were flown in support of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

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

In Iraq, a Navy F/A-18 Hornet conducted a show of force with the use of flared to deter disturbances in Baghdad. The JTAC confirmed the desired affect was achieved.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 60 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions supported coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

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

Some146 airlift sorties were flown, 405 tons of cargo were delivered and 2,664 passengers were transported. Airlift included approximately 50,640 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

On Oct. 11, Air Force, French and RAF tankers flew 48 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.9 million pounds of fuel to 235 receiving aircraft.



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