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June 28 airpower summary: A-10s deter enemy forces

6/29/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations June 28, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fired cannon rounds and rockets onto anti-Afghan forces positions in the vicinity of Sar Hawzeh. The A-10s dropped guided bomb unit-12s and 500-pound bombs onto additional anti-Afghan forces in the area. An on-scene joint terminal attack controller confirmed the missions successful.

A-10s performed shows of force in the vicinity of Qarah Bagh, Now Zad and Sar Hawzen to deter activities by anti-Afghan forces in the areas. A JTAC reported the missions successful.

F-15E Strike Eagles dropped a GBU-31 and GBU-38s onto anti-Afghan fighting positions in the vicinity of Asadabad. A JTAC declared the mission successful.

An F-15E conducted a show of force in the vicinity of Sangin to deter activities by anti-Afghan forces against coalition forces. A JTAC confirmed the mission successful.

An F-15E performed a show of force over enemy positions in the vicinity of Bari Kowt. A JTAC confirmed the mission successful.

In total, 38 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Twelve Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, F-16 Fighting Falcons and Navy F-18 Hornets perfomed shows of force over enemy forces in the vicinity of Al Amarah. A JTAC declared the mission successful.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 57 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-three Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, six Navy and RAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

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 134 airlift sorties were flown, 457 tons of cargo delivered and 2,570 passengers were transported. This included approximately 53,890 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 27, Air Force, RAF and Singaporean tanker crews flew 58 sorties and off-loaded approximately 3.3 million pounds of fuel to 249 receiving aircraft.



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