Iron Hammer continues pounding
/ Published November 14, 2003
WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Air Force and Army aircraft reportedly pounded insurgent staging and operating facilities and killed seven people preparing an attack on U.S. forces during the second night of Operation Iron Hammer in Iraq.
U.S. Central Command officials reported Nov. 14 that F-16 Fighting Falcons overnight destroyed a building used by terrorists for munitions storage and as a staging area in Husayba, near the Syrian border. They said the jets used two joint direct-attack munitions "to limit collateral damage and complete the destruction of the target."
The command also reported that hundreds of headquarters staff members will augment the command's forward headquarters in Qatar. Though most of the 2,000-person staff is remaining at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., the added manpower in Qatar will support the theater's operational commanders and Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, CENTCOM commander, as he travels in the region. Numbers of staff at the forward headquarters have fluctuated with various operations and exercises, command officials said in a statement announcing the Qatar augmentation. (Courtesy of American Forces Press Service)