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June 9 airpower summary: B-1B bombs enemy

6/10/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations June 9, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles performed shows of force to deter enemy activities in Bermel. An on-scene joint terminal attack controller confirmed the success of the missions.

An Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped guided bomb unit-31s and 38s to destroy improvised explosive device and ambush teams in the vicinity of Bermel. A JTAC reported the mission successful.

In Spin Buldak, British GR-7 Harriers dropped Enhanced Paveway munitions to destroy enemy combatants in trenches. A JTAC declared the mission successful.

Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs dropped GBU-12s and 500-pound bombs to destroy enemy combatants in a building in Asadabad. A JTAC confirmed the mission successful.

A-10s performed shows of force in order to deter enemy activities in Asadabad and Delaram. JTACs reported the missions successful.

In total, 53 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

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

In Iraq, Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons dropped GBU-38s and a GBU-12 to destroy an enemy building with underground bunkers in Tall Afar. A JTAC reported the mission successful.

An F-16 performed a show of force to deter enemy activities in An Nu Maniyah. A JTAC declared the mission successful.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 26 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized with coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Twenty-four Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, six Air Force, Navy and RAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

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

Approximately 129 airlift sorties were flown, 451 tons of cargo delivered and 2,265 passengers were transported. This included approximately 52,100 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.

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

On June 7, Air Force and RAF tanker crews flew 55 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.4 million pounds of fuel to 173 receiving aircraft.



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