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SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 7. In Afghanistan Feb. 6, an Air Force B-1B Lancer provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops receiving small arms fire from Taliban extremists in a building near Qurya. The B1-B successfully expended guided bomb unit-38s on the insurgent building, ending the engagement. A B-1B provided close-air support to ISAF troops by observing terrain surrounding a joint tactical air controller, or JTAC, after burning vehicles were found near Forward Operating Base Carlson. Navy F/A-18 Hornets provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Musa Qal'eh Zad and Pashsbad. The F/A-18s used show-of-force to successfully cease mortar fire near Musa Qal'eh Zad and small arms fire near Pashsbad. In total, 42 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, 10 Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq , Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided show-of-force over areas where a JTAC was receiving small arms fire from anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad. JTAC reported no further engagements after show of force. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons also provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces in the vicinity of Balad, Samarra and Basrah. The F-16s provided over-watch to a convoy near Balad. F-16s also investigated enemy mortar positions and provided show-of-force for a JTAC receiving mortar fire near Samarra and Basrah. RAF GR-4 Tornados provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces in the vicinity Al Madain. The GR-4s searched for improvised explosive device activity, over-watched a vehicle convoy and investigated large brush fire near Al Madain. In total, coalition aircraft flew 34 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 10 Air Force, Navy and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Approximately 150 airlift sorties were flown; nearly 630 tons of cargo was delivered, and some 3,325 passengers were transported. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and South Korea flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 5, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 34 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.1 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 8. In Afghanistan Feb. 7, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided show-of-force for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops by flying over an area reported to have suspected insurgents hiding and burying an unidentified object according to a joint tactical air controller, or JTAC, report. No engagements were reported after show of force. An Air Force B-1B Lancer conducted a strike on cave entrances suspected of containing ant-Iraqi forces and material near Pashsbad. The B-1B successfully expended guided bomb unit-31s on cave entrances according to a JTAC report. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and Royal Air Force fighters provided close-air support to ISAF troops receiving small-arms fire near Gereshk. The A-10s released flares during a show of force. The JTAC reported the show of force a success -- no further engagements. In total, 37 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, 11 Air Force and RAF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan . U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq , Air Force F-16s conducted a pre-planned strike near Al Mahmudiyah. The F -16s successfully expended GBU-38s on a boat parking area, impeding the movement of anti-Iraqi personnel and materials. An Air Force A-10 and F-16s provided close air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad . The A-10 expended a GBU-12 on a building used as a sniper platform and successfully strafed an anti-Iraqi forces truck with cannon rounds. The F-16s successfully expended a GBU-38 and GBU-12 on a house historically used as a sniper position by anti-Iraqi forces. Air Force F-16s and A-10s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad and Tikrit. Air Force F-16s and RAF GR-4 Tornados provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad . In total, coalition aircraft flew 50 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 10 Air Force and Navy ISR 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 sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 160 airlift sorties were flown; nearly 590 tons of cargo were delivered and about 3,100 passengers were transported. This included about 14,400 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in eastern Afghanistan. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and Japan flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 6, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 31 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.3 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 9. In Afghanistan Feb. 8, an Air Force B-1 Lancer, Navy F/A-18 Hornets and French air force M-2000 Mirages provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops receiving enemy forces small arms fire near Musa Qal'eh. The B-1 successfully expended GBU-38 and GBU-31 bombs on enemy firing positions ending the engagement. Navy F/A-18s provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces establishing a fortified compound with an unauthorized checkpoint near Shurakian. The F/A-18s successfully expended cannon rounds on the fortified compound with results of maintaining an open road. Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers provided close-air support to ISAF troops in contact with enemy forces near Shurakian. In total, 35 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, six Air Force and RAF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces during a raid targeting al-Qaeda terrorists and foreign fighter facilitators near Baqubah. As the raid progressed, ground forces began receiving enemy fire from several directions, and called in for air support. Eight terrorists barricaded themselves inside one of the buildings and continued to fire at the ground forces. F-16s expended GBU-12s and a GBU-38 on the building, resulting in its destruction and the deaths of the eight terrorists according to Multinational Forces Iraq officials. No coalition forces or innocent Iraqis were injured during the air strike. Air Force F-16s and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baqubah. The F-16s provided a successful show of force disrupting numerous people from placing an improvised explosive device. Individuals appeared to flee the scene. Air Force F-16s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Balad and Samarra. RAF GR-4 Tornadoes provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baghdad. In total, coalition aircraft flew 46 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 17 Air Force, Navy and RAF ISR 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 sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Approximately 125 airlift sorties were flown; more than 400 tons of cargo was delivered, and approximately 2,120 passengers were transported. This included about 2,310 pounds of troop supplies airdropped in eastern Afghanistan. The two airdropped pallets consisted of cannon and small arm rounds to re-supply coalition forces to allow them to continue the Operation Enduring Freedom mission. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and Japan flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 7, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 29 sorties and off-loaded almost 2 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 12. In Afghanistan Feb. 11, Navy F/A-18 Hornets provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops receiving small arms and rocket fire from enemy forces near Tarin Kowt. No further engagement from the enemy was reported after the F/A-18s arrived. In total, 35 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, nine Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Navy fighter aircraft performed in nontraditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. Airborne and space-based ISR assets play a key role in identifying enemy operating areas and analyzing trends of enemy activity. In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to troops receiving small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire from enemy forces near Baghdad. No further engagement from the enemy was reported after the F-16s arrived. Air Force F-16s performed a counter improvised explosive device mission near Samarra at the request of joint terminal attack controllers. The F-16s reported possible IED placement activity in several locations. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided close-air support for a scout team that received small arms fire near Balad. The A-10s observed the team apprehending the individuals responsible for the small arms fire and provided reconnaissance until the team returned to their forward-operating base. Air Force F-16s and RAF GR-4 Tornadoes provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces in the vicinity of Basrah. The F-16s watched over a high-value target operation and a raid in progress. The operation and raid concluded with nothing significant to report. The GR-4s watched over troops receiving small arms fire while searching buildings near Basrah. The troops were directed by a GR-4 pilot to move to the safe side of a building to prevent any injuries or casualties. In total, coalition aircraft flew 45 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, nine Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter performed in a nontraditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 120 airlift sorties were flown; more than 520 tons of cargo was delivered, and more than 2,300 passengers were transported. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia and Canada flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 10, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 24 sorties and off-loaded almost 1.6 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 13. In Afghanistan Feb. 12, Air Force B-1B Lancers, Navy F/A-18 Hornets and Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with Taliban extremists near Musa Qal'eh. A B-1B provided a show of force to support coalition forces clearing enemy positions. The joint terminal attack controller, or JTAC, reported "all clear" after the show of force. At the request of a JTAC, one of the F/A-18s successfully expended a guided bomb unit-38 on enemy forces in a cave. The JTAC reported enemy forces running into the cave after firing small arms at coalition ground forces. The JTAC confirmed weapon impact as a direct hit. F/A-18s also provided a show of force, expending flares while troops cleared buildings. The JTAC confirmed there was no resistance after the show of force. In total, 39 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, nine Air Force and RAF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan . U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. ISR persistence over targets increases reliability of "intelligence" and provides real-time definition of targets and surrounding areas. A better sight picture improves coalition forces' ability to avoid non-combatants. In Iraq , Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided over-watch for Iraqi Army and coalition forces performing search operations near Al Yusufiyah. At the tasking of a JTAC, the F-16s also observed multiple locations for improvised explosive devices and identified one location of possible hostile activity. The information was relayed back to the JTAC to pass to the ground commander. Air Force F-16s also performed counter-IED missions along several roadways near Baghdad. RAF GR-4 Tornados provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces in the vicinity of Baqubah. One of the GR-4s conducted a very low show of force causing individuals to flee the scene, ending the conflict. Another GR-4 provided over-watch for a convoy after an IED strike occurred. Once the convoy recovered vehicles and casualties, the GR-7 escorted the convoy safely to its destination. In total, coalition aircraft flew 48 close- air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, nine Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq . An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan , Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 135 airlift sorties were flown; more than 660 tons of cargo was delivered, and approximately 2,430 passengers were transported. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia , Canada and Japan flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 11, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 34 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.1 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 14. In Afghanistan Feb. 13, Air Force F-15 Eagles conducted a strike against enemy forces near Musa Qal'eh. An F-15 expended a guided bomb unit-12 on a vehicle, successfully destroying it and stopping an enemy rocket attack. An Air Force F-15 conducted a strike against enemy forces in an open area near Musa Qal'eh. The F-15 expended a GBU-12, directly hitting enemy forces, according to the joint terminal attack controller's report. An Air Force B-1 Lancer conducted a strike against an enemy compound near Gereshk. After receiving coordinates from an MQ-1 Predator, the B-1 expended GBU-38s successfully on the enemy forces. A Predator conducted a strike against enemy forces fleeing a compound after a previous air strike near Gereshk. The Predator expended a Hellfire missile, successfully impacting fleeing enemies. Air Force F-15s provided close-air support to International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with enemy forces near Gereshk. An F-15 expended a GBU-12 successfully hitting an enemy firing position. An F-15 also expended GBU-38s on a British vehicle that had struck an improvised explosive device or mine and therefore had to be destroyed. An F-15 also expended a GBU-12 on enemy forces in an open area. F-15s also provided four shows of force, expending several flares to prevent further small arms fire against coalition forces near Gereshk. Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers provided a very low-altitude show of force, expending flares to assist coalition forces near Shurakain. A JTAC reported that enemy forces were suppressed after the show of force. In total, 30 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, nine Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. In Iraq, an RAF GR-4 Tornado conducted a strike near Al Amarah. The GR-4 successfully expended an enhanced Paveway II munition on target. In total, coalition aircraft flew 48 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 11 Air Force, Navy and RAF ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 130 airlift sorties were flown; more than 750 tons of cargo was delivered, and approximately 2,665 passengers were transported. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia , Canada and Japan flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 12, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 35 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.1 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 15. In Afghanistan Feb. 14, Navy F/A-18 Hornets provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops in contact with enemy forces near Forward Operating Base Carlson. In total, 34 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, eight Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons observed a large amount of vehicle activity and reported it to joint terminal attack controllers near Baqubah. The F-16s also provided cover for a convoy heading to rendezvous with coalition ground forces that had received enemy fire. Air Force F-16s were tasked to search for suspected enemy vehicles near Hawija and Baghdad. Although there was nothing significant to report, the aircraft noted individuals possibly patrolling nearby. The F-16s later were informed of Iraqi police patrols in the area. Royal Air Force GR-4 Tornados also provided over watch for several troop routes and areas of interest near Basrah. In total, coalition aircraft flew 54 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 16 Air Force, Navy and RAF ISR 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 sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 160 airlift sorties were flown; more than 475 tons of cargo was delivered, and approximately 3,690 passengers were transported. This included more than 14,000 pounds of troop supplies airdropped in eastern Afghanistan. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia , Canada , Japan and South Korea flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 13, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 28 sorties and off-loaded almost 1.9 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 16. In Afghanistan Feb. 15, F-15 Eagles provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force troops in contact with enemy forces near Pashsbad. The F-15s investigated suspected enemy activity and provided a show of force, releasing flares near coalition ground forces during a location search. The F-15s then provided overhead support for a convoy and were directed to search for possible rocket propelled grenade launch positions after a forward operating base came under RPG attack. Other F-15s performed shows of force, expending flares, for troops in contact with enemy forces near Qurya. U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets conducted strafe runs, firing cannons at enemy forces attacking coalition forces near Qurya. The runs were confirmed as successful according to a joint terminal attack controller. Other U.S. Navy F/A-18s were tasked to conduct shows of force against a group of enemy forces seen on and around a compound near Gereshk. The shows of force caused the enemy group to disperse. F/A-18s also conducted an over watch and air presence for a coalition convoy near Gereshk. Royal Air Force GR-7 Harriers were tasked to visually investigate suspected enemy compounds near Qurya. The GR-7 pilots observed no movement. The JTAC then tasked pilots with obtaining imagery of these and additional compounds for future ground operations. In total, 41close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Additionally, nine Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq , a B-1B Lancer conducted shows of force, expending flares near Basrah. The B-1B also was tasked to support troops in contact in the area, but there was nothing significant to report. F-16 Fighting Falcons provided shows of force for troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Basrah. The F-16s released several flares that had a deterring effect on enemy forces, according to the JTAC report. F-16s provided over-watch for troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Basrah. The F-16s also performed shows of force in the area. F-16s performed reconnaissance on an enemy small arms fire point of origin near Basrah, but had nothing significant to report. F-16s were tasked to provide over-watch for ground operations progress near Balad. F-16s conducted a show of force for troops in contact with enemy forces near Balad. The F-16s were further tasked to provide reconnaissance of the area. While doing so, they observed three individuals parked near a canal, which they reported to the JTAC. F-16s provided over-watch for recovery and medical evacuation efforts following an improvised explosive device explosion near Balad. The F-16s were later tasked to search for enemy activity and additional IEDs after explosion. F-16s provided over-watch for a stopped convoy near Balad. The F-16s also conducted defensive counter-air combat air patrol near Balad. Royal Air Forces GR-4 Tornados were tasked to provide over-watch for troop routes and to observe a possible mortar fire position. In total, coalition aircraft flew 49 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 15 Air Force, Navy and RAF ISR 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 sustain operations throughout Afghanistan , Iraq and the Horn of Africa. More than 150 airlift sorties were flown; more than 630 tons of cargo were delivered, and approximately 3,300 passengers were transported. This included more than 37,400 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in eastern Afghanistan . Coalition C-130 crews from Australia and South Korea flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 14, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 37 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.4 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 18. In Afghanistan Feb. 17, U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets conducted a strike against insurgents Near Qurya. The Hornet strike-fighters dropped guided bomb unit-38 joint direct attack munitions on insurgent compounds and infrastructure with direct hits confirmed by weapons system video. In total, 39 close-air-support missions were flown in support of International Security Assistance Force and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Four Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles using their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided over watch for a cordon and search team. The fighters also supported coalition troops in contact with enemy forces around a mosque near Bayji and later supported two coalition convoys under fire near Samarra. After the attack in Samarra, the F-16s provided over watch for the convoys until coalition personnel located and detained the anti-Iraqi insurgents believed to have carried out the attack. The F-16s later provided over watch for coalition forces working a counter-improvised explosive device mission. Royal Air Force GR-4 Tornados were tasked to observe troop routes and an intersection of two routes where an illegal checkpoint was believed to be located near Baghdad. The GR-4s were then tasked to provide over watch for humvees engaged by four individuals on foot near Baghdad. In total, coalition aircraft flew 57 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 16 Air Force, Navy, RAF and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intratheater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. These aircraft flew more than 160 airlift sorties delivering more than 410 tons of cargo including more than 9,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped into eastern Afghanistan. Airlifters transported 4,100 passengers. Coalition C-130 crews from Canada and Australia flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 16, Air Force, RAF and French tankers flew 41 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.6 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 20. In Afghanistan Feb.19, Air Force F-15 Eagles conducted a strike against an enemy staging point in a cave near Pech. The F-15s dropped guided bomb unit-31 joint direct attack munitions one meter above the cave entrance to deny the enemy access to equipment and weapons suspected to be inside. Review of the F-15s' camera footage indicated successful impact of all weapons. An Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped a GBU-38 on an enemy firing position near Now Zad. The target was a direct hit with no collateral damage according to the joint terminal attack controller on the ground. The B-1B also dropped a GBU-31 on a cave entrance in the same area. The JTAC confirmed the cave entrance was closed and additional air strikes were not required. U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force troops receiving enemy mortar fire near Now Zad. One of the strike fighters dropped a GBU-12 on the enemy position after it was marked with smoke by a JTAC. The JTAC confirmed the weapon impacted the target successfully. The F/A-18s also conducted strafe runs using cannon rounds on a row of buildings containing enemy personnel in the same area. The JTAC confirmed a "good effect." Immediately following the strafe runs, a possible rocket propelled grenade was fired at one of the F/A-18s. The JTAC warned the pilot who immediately broke left and expended four flares. The pilot noted two black puffs of smoke approximately 1,000 and 2,000 feet behind the aircraft and climbed while expending three more flares. The pilot noted no further evidence of engagement. Shortly thereafter, the other F/A-18 conducted an additional strafe run after the JTAC reported that ground forces were still receiving small arms fire. The JTAC reported a "good effect." The F/A-18 then responded to a request from the ground forces commander through the JTAC to drop a GBU-38 on enemy troops in an open location. The JTAC confirmed a successful hit. In total, 37 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Seven Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan . Additionally, U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq , Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided a show of force to deter potential vehicle-borne IED attackers moving on coalition troops near Baghdad . The F-16s presence prevented further attacks from occurring. Other Air Force F-16s were assigned to survey a marsh near Basrah. An F-16 pilot reported 10 to 20 boats traveling from the north to the south along the western portion of the marsh. Other Air Force F-16s were assigned to search for enemy activity in an area near Baghdad . An F-16 pilot observed approximately ten personnel in the area and reported them to an on-scene JTAC who sent a patrol to the location to investigate. Air Force F-16s also were tasked to observe a compound for enemy activity near Taji. An F-16 pilot observed several individuals loading a vehicle with suspected weapons and transporting them to a possible mortar site where two heat sources were detected. The pilot also observed individuals burying something at the same location and reported all activity to the JTAC to be relayed to the ground commander. Other Air Force F-16s were assigned to observe roads for IED placement and counter mortar/rocket surveillance near Basrah. The F-16 pilots observed a rocket launch in a street with groups of people near the launch site and immediately relayed the information and coordinates to the JTAC. Air Force F-16 pilots continued to monitor the area and observed individuals dragging objects into a compound. The JTAC later confirmed three individuals were detained at the launch site for further questioning. JTACs are highly trained Airmen who advise ground commanders on appropriate air power support, relay a ground commander's intent to air power assets overhead and communicate with aircrews for precision engagement. In total, coalition aircraft flew 46 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 16 Air Force, Navy and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Nearly 155 airlift sorties were flown; more than 375 tons of cargo were delivered, and approximately 3,200 passengers were transported. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia , Canada and Japan flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 18, Air Force, Royal Air Force and French tankers flew 32 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.1 million pounds of fuel which is the equivalent of approximately 52 full fuel trucks. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 19. In Afghanistan Feb. 18, 30 close-air support missions were flown in support of International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Ten U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles with their electro-optical and infrared sensors. In Iraq, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted a strike against an enemy anti-aircraft weapon near Ad Dawr. An A-10 dropped a guided bomb unit-12 Joint Direct Attack Munition on the weapon, directly hitting it. After the weapon was destroyed, the A-10s provided reconnaissance until the coalition quick reaction force arrived. The A-10 pilots also observed eight vehicles around a weapon storage facility near Ad Dawr. They saw individuals loading two vehicles with unknown objects that appeared to be coming from under a road. The pilots reported the activity before leaving the area. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons were assigned to search for seven vehicles traveling together near Tikrit. The F-16s were also assigned to provide reconnaissance for a coalition vehicle that struck an improvised explosive device. The coalition forces then came under small-arms fire from approximately 200 meters east of the location. Upon arrival of the F-16s to the location, the enemy fire had stopped and the pilots did not see anything suspicious in the area. Other F-16s were assigned to search for enemy activity and provide over watch near Baghdad and Al Miqdadiah. An F-16 pilot noted approximately 12 personnel in an alley and reported them to the joint terminal attack controllers. JTACs are highly trained U.S. Air Force personnel who advise ground commanders on appropriate air power support, relay the ground commander's intent to air power assets overhead and communicate with aircrews for precision engagement. In total, coalition aircraft flew 53 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 13 Air Force, Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role using its electro-optical and infrared sensors. Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Aircraft flew nearly 140 airlift sorties, delivering more than 530 tons of cargo and transporting close to 2,430 passengers. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and Iraq flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 17, U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force tankers flew 38 sorties and off-loaded more than 2.5 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 21. In Afghanistan Feb. 20, an Air Force B-1B Lancer provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops surrounded by enemy forces and vehicles preparing for an ambush near Kajaki. The joint terminal attack controller, or JTAC, gave coordinates to the enemy locations and the B-1 dropped GBU-31 bombs and GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack munitions on the enemy locations, successfully hitting all targets according to the JTAC report. An Air Force B-1B was then assigned to drop GBU-38s and GBU-31s on an enemy communications' compound near Kajaki. All weapons were successfully dropped within parameters according to the JTAC. An Air Force B-1B was assigned to drop GBU-31s on a mortar position and an enemy compound near Nowzad. The JTAC called both weapons direct hits. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons were assigned to provide shows of force and collect target data for a coalition vehicle patrol convey near Kajaki. The F-16s provided the shows of force and reported the detection of a compound with individuals near the convoy. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, coordinating with JTACs, dropped GBU-38s on an enemy vehicle near Kajaki. In total, 37 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Nine Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles. In Iraq, Air Force F-16s were assigned to drop a GBU-12 and a GBU-38 on two tractor trailers suspected of carrying improvised explosive devices near Baghdad. The F-16s destroyed the tractor trailers. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs provided a show of force for coalition forces receiving small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire after their vehicle was struck by an IED near Baqubah. The A-10s provided three shows of force. After the shows of force, coalition ground forces continued to receive small arm and RPG fire. The JTAC on the ground then passed coordinates for anti-Iraqi insurgents in an open area. The A-10s fired cannon rounds at enemy targets with all gun passes successful according to the JTAC. Coalition forces continued to receive small arms fire from anti-Iraqi insurgents in a set of compounds. The JTAC passed coordinates for the compounds and an A-10 fired cannon rounds at enemy targets. The A-10s checked off-site with nothing further to report. Air Force F-16s were assigned to observe a coalition route near Al Yusifiyah. The F-16 pilots observed that the ground in the middle of a road was disturbed and immediately reported it to the JTAC. Other Air Force F-16s were assigned to provide over watch for a convoy that received small arms fire after a vehicle was hit by an IED. The F-16s were then reassigned to provide over watch of medical members evacuating wounded to a forward-operating base. In total, coalition aircraft flew 44 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 15 Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. An Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors. Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Airlifters flew nearly 140 airlift sorties; delivered more than 465 tons of cargo, and transported approximately 3,300 passengers. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Japan and Iraq flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 19, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 31 sorties and off-loaded nearly 2 million pounds of fuel. SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- SOUTHWEST ASIA -- In Afghanistan Feb. 20, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF troops, receiving sniper fire near Now Zad. The joint terminal attack controller, or JTAC, gave coordinates to a compound where the sniper fire originated and an F-15E dropped a Guided Bomb Unit-39 small diameter bomb. JTAC called the hit successful and reported sniper fire had stopped. The F-15Es were then assigned to provide close-air support for ISAF troops receiving mortar and small arms fire near Now Zad. An F-15E dropped a GBU-12 successfully on enemy position. JTAC reported the mortar fire had stopped. The F-15Es remained in the area to search for a ridgeline for mortar firing positions and movement of enemy personnel. A B-1 was assigned to locate and destroy an enemy firing position in a cave complex near Now Zad. The B1-B pilot recommended dropping a GBU-31, however, the ground commander relayed through the JTAC that the cave was no longer a valid target because enemy insurgents had moved on. The B-1B was then assigned to provide a show of force for ISAF troops engaged in enemy contact near Deh Rawod. The JTAC reported the show of force was successful. Royal Air Force GR-7s provided air support for ISAF troops receiving mortar fire near Now Zad. A GR-7 released an Enhanced Pave Way II laser-guided bomb on the enemy mortar position. The JTAC reported a direct hit. In total, 34 close-air-support missions were flown in support of ISAF and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and route patrols. Eleven Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, U.S. Navy fighter aircraft performed in non-traditional ISR roles. In Iraq , Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted a show of force, dispensing 24 flares near Al Mahmudiyah. The show of force was successful according to the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers. The A-10s were also assigned with observing a mosque for a possible sniper in the bell tower in the same area. Then, JTAC gave an update that coalition forces were taking small arms fire from the north and south of their position and the A-10s were sent on a reconnaissance mission at a building where the suspected small arms fire originated. The A-10 pilots observed coalition forces evacuating wounded personnel and moving north. Then, JTAC requested a show of force over the suspected building while the ground coalition forces cleared the building. No further enemy activity was observed. U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided over watch near Baghdad in support of a downed helicopter recovery efforts. Royal Air Force GR-4s were tasked to provide over watch for a suspicious building where an improvised explosive device had been reported. The GR-4s proceeded with close air support to look for suspicious vehicles and individuals near a building in the vicinity of Ramadi. They were then assigned to look for suspicious activity on the east side of the river where two boats pulled up to an island, appeared to load material and then headed down stream to offload the material. The GR-4s were also assigned to look for other suspicious activity in the area, to include the investigation of an explosion. The GR-4 pilots reported several hot spots, and that friendly forces had arrived in the area. Air Force F-16 pilots provided over watch and were assigned to search for suspicious vehicles in Ramadi as well. A Bongo Truck was detected and the vehicle was tracked to a probable residence. Several personnel met the vehicle at the location and appeared to either load or unload unidentified items to and from the truck. The activity was reported to JTAC. Other F-16s were tasked to provide surveillance to Kamaliyah sector of Baghdad in preparation for a convoy movement. They arrived at the location and then provided over watch and search of the area during the cordon. In total, coalition aircraft flew 49 close-air support-missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Additionally, 15 Air Force, U.S. Navy and Royal Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq . Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan , Iraq and the Horn of Africa. Airlifters flew nearly 150 airlift sorties; delivered more than 670 tons of cargo, and transported close to 3,115 passengers. Coalition C-130 crews from Australia , Canada , Japan and South Korea flew in support of OIF or OEF. On Feb. 20, Air Force, Royal Air Force and French Air Force tankers flew 31 sorties and off-loaded nearly 2 million pounds of fuel, which is the equivalent of nearly 50 full Air Force R-11 fuel trucks.
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