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Published:August 1st, 2007 05:35 EST
Iraq and Afghanistan,  The role of U.S. Airpower

Iraq and Afghanistan, The role of U.S. Airpower

By SOP newswire

BAGHDAD —  Military officials discussed aspects of the surge in Iraq at the Combined PressInformation Center Monday.


U.S Navy Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, a spokesperson for Multi-National Force-Iraq, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. David Edgington, director of the Air Component Coordination Element, discussed progress in the battle against the insurgency and the role of airpower in the surge in Iraq during a joint media roundtable.

Fox discussed several operations, which led to the seizing of multiple weapons caches around Iraq. From July 23 to July 30 Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces seized more than 120 caches. A raid in An Nasariyah July 24 netted 42 improvised explosive devices, 400 rockets, 70 mortar rounds and 11 heavy machine guns. 

“We have seized more weapons caches in the first six months of this year than all of last year combined," Fox said.

Fox also noted several meetings of tribal leaders in Iraq during the month of July. One hundred sheiks and 400 religious political leaders met in Ramadi July 7 for a conference called “The Promise of the People." 

Fifty-two tribal leaders met at the governor’s house in Baqoubah to discuss security, services, and to pledge to work together in the Mukmahydia Tribal Conference.

Sunni and Shia sheiks pledged unity to one another to stop sectarian attacks in Taji July 16.

On July 23, 16 local sheiks and tribal leaders met in Khalis to pledge on behalf of 75 sheiks to work to end the violence.

Edgington discussed the impact of airpower on the surge in Iraq. Aerial operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are a 24-hour a day, seven day a week mission that ranges from intelligence operations to combat flights.

“Our purpose is to integrate our forces (air) with the ground forces to synchronize the effects that we are able to bring to the battle," said Edgington.

To keep aerial operations in Iraq and Afghanistan running smoothly 50 refueling missions are flown each day, pumping just under three million pounds of fuel into aircraft, Edgington said.

The airlift operation in theatre, flies approximately 200 missions daily, transporting 2,000 passengers a day. These missions vary from carrying servicemembers to their various posts in theatre and taking them on their rest and redeployment leave. Airlift also encompasses missions taking wounded servicemembers to the appropriate care facilities, transporting detainees and transporting cargo, said Edgington.  U.S. Army Story by Spc. Alexander Burnett, Combined Press Information Center.


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