Wed, Jul 19, 2006
You Can Probably Guess How It Turned Out...
US Central Command Air Forces
officials told Aero-News Wednesday a US Air Force F-16 fighter --
providing nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance support to coalition ground forces -- killed a
member of an improvised explosive device cell and identified an IED
emplacement Tuesday near Baqubah, Iraq.
The F-16's pilot identified three possible IED emplacers, and
passed the information to ground forces. Ground unit personnel
positively identified the terrorists and requested the F-16 to
engage the hostile forces. The F-16 strafed the terrorists, killing
one... and ending the engagement.
Coalition aircraft, operationally controlled by US Central
Command Air Forces from Southwest Asia bases, provide a constant
air umbrella over Iraq, providing for the safety and security of
the Iraqi people and coalition ground forces, officials said.
"Our message is clear to those who continue to harm innocent
civilians and attack coalition forces: if terrorists continue their
activities, we will identify, track and take appropriate action to
stop them," said Air Force Brig. Gen. Anthony Haynes, Combined Air
Operations Center director.
"More than 30,000 deployed airmen are hard at work, in the air
and on the ground, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, striving to
improve the safety and quality of life for local citizens," Haynes
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