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Dec. 18 airpower summary: Guided bomb units hit on target

12/19/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Dec. 18, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle performed a show of force to deter enemy activities in Asadabad. The aircrew also engaged enemy positions in the area by firing guided bomb unit-38s and GBU-31s. Coalition forces encountered hostile contact from enemy combatants. An on-scene joint terminal attack controller confirmed the missions were successful.

Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs struck enemy positions with a GBU-38 and cannon rounds in Gereshk. A JTAC reported the munitions impacted the intended targets.

French Mirage 2000s conducted shows of force to suppress enemy activities in Gereshk. Additionally, the Mirages dropped GBU-12s on enemy positions in the area. The missions were deemed successful by a JTAC.

An F-15E performed a show of force by firing flares to deter enemy activities in Gereshk.

An Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped GBU-38s and GBU-31s on enemy firing positions in Gereshk and Asadabad. A JTAC declared the mission as successful.

In Kunduz, an F-15E successfully deterred enemy activities through shows of force.

Royal Air Force GR-9 Harriers conducted shows of force to deter enemy activities in Kajaki Dam. The missions were assessed as successful by a JTAC.

An F-15E provided a show of force through continued presence over a coalition convoy moving through Asmar. A JTAC reported the mission as successful.

In total, 34 close-air-support missions were flown in support of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Three Air Force surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet demonstrated a show of force through continued presence over a coalition convoy moving through Babil. A JTAC declared the mission successful.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 61 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.

Twenty-five Air Force and Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Additionally, four 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.

Approximately 142 airlift sorties were flown, 493 tons of cargos were delivered, and 3,350 passengers were transported. This included approximately 125,400 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

On Dec. 17, Air Force, French and RAF tankers flew 39 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.3 million pounds of fuel to 217 receiving aircraft.



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