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June 17 airpower summary: F-15Es deter enemy activities

6/18/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations June 17, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped guided bomb unit-38s onto enemy combatants in the vicinity of Musa Qal'eh. An on-scene joint terminal attack controller declared the mission a success.

An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dropped a GBU-12 onto enemy combatants in the vicinity of Now Zad. The mission was confirmed as a success by a JTAC.

In the vicinity of Bari Kowt, F-15Es dropped GBU-31s onto anti-Afghan forces firing positions. An F-15E conducted a show of force in order to deter activities by anti-Afghan forces in the area. A JTAC reported the missions as a success.

A French 2000 Mirage dropped GBU-12s onto enemy combatant firing positions in Deh Chopan. The 2000 Mirage performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities in the area. The missions were declared successful by a JTAC.

In Khowst and Orgun-E, shows of force were conducted by F-15Es in order to deter enemy activities against coalition forces. A JTAC confirmed the missions as a success.

A Royal Air Force GR-7 and GR-9 Harrier dropped Enhanced Paveway II munitions and fired rockets onto enemy positions in Musa Qal'eh. The mission was reported as a success by a JTAC.

An F-15E performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities by anti-Afghan forces in the vicinity of Gardez. A JTAC declared the mission a success.

In Orgun-E, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted shows of force in order to deter enemy activities by anti-Afghan forces against coalition forces. The mission was confirmed as a success by a JTAC.

A B-1B performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities against coalition forces in Shinkay. A JTAC reported the mission as successful.

In Kabul and Bari Kowt, shows of force were conducted by an A-10 and an F-15E in order to deter activities by anti-Afghan forces in the area. The missions were declared successful by a JTAC.

In total, 61 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Fourteen Air Force, Royal Australian 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, an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon performed a show of force over an enemy building in Kirkuk. A JTAC confirmed the mission as a success.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 25 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-five Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, two 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 117 airlift sorties were flown, 296 tons of cargo delivered and 2,032 passengers were transported. This included approximately 66,000 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 16, Air Force, French, RAF and Singaporean tanker crews flew 57 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3 million pounds of fuel to 177 receiving aircraft.



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