Thu, Mar 27, 2003
1500 Sorties a Day...
Coalition aircraft flew more than 1,500 sorties in the
continuing air war against the regime in Iraq on March 24,
coalition officials in the region said.
More than 800 were strike sorties, with 200 of those being flown
against "preplanned" targets. The rest were flown against "emerging
targets" -- targets of opportunity.
Coalition aircraft strike to suppress ballistic missile threats,
to degrade Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard units, to
support special operations forces and to strike targets of
opportunity as they arise, U.S. Central Command officials said.
Coalition air operations are aimed at the regime of Saddam
Hussein and not against the Iraqi people, officials stressed.
They said specific targets in and around Baghdad include the
government control center, the offices of the Special Security
Organizations, the headquarters of the Special Republican Guards
and the Iraqi Intelligence Service.
Unsung heroes in the war are the flying gas
stations, according to Air Force officials, who say that "no bomb
gets dropped without refueling." The tankers fly about 15 percent
of the total sorties; aerial refueling allows strike aircraft to
race in at high speed and get back to base safely.
[Thanks to Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
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