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Nov. 29 airpower summary: Commando Solo

11/30/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Nov. 29, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles conducted an air strike against enemy targets with a guided bomb unit-12 and GBU-38s in Kandahar. The mission was reported as a success by the on-scene joint terminal attack controller.

An Air Force MQ-1B Predator engaged an enemy position with a hellfire missile in Kandahar. Enemy combatants at the location were engaging a coalition convoy moving through the area. The JTAC assessed the strike as successful.

In Oruzgan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer supported coalition forces by engaged enemy combatants with GBU-12s. The mission was reported as a success by the JTAC.

During a mission in support of coalition forces in Kandahar, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs targeted enemy combatants with cannon rounds, a GBU-38, and general purpose 500-pound bombs. The JTAC reported the mission was successful.

Enemy fighting positions in Kandahar were struck with GBU-12s dropped by F-15Es. The mission was deemed as a success by the JTAC.

Shows of force were performed by F-15Es to deter enemy activities in Lwara. The JTAC reported the shows of forces as successful.

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

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

In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-12s on a downed MQ-1B near Ash Shatrah. The remains of the MQ-1B were destroyed so that nothing of value could be used by the enemy. The mission was reported as a success by the JTAC.

An enemy structure was destroyed with GBU-38s dropped by F-16s in Salman Pak. During the same mission, an F-16 destroyed a heavy machine gun with a GBU-38. The heavy machine gun was discovered hidden in a tree line near the first target. The JTAC reported the mission as successful.

An F-16 destroyed a house full of explosives with a GBU-38 in Salman Pak. The mission was assessed as successful by the JTAC.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 43 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-eight Air Force and Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

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 129 airlift sorties were flown; 466 tons of cargos were delivered, and 2,521 passengers were transported. This included approximately 500 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

On Nov. 28,  Air Force, French, and Royal Air Force tankers flew 42 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.7 million pounds of fuel to 215 receiving aircraft. 

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