HomeNewsArticle Display

Air strikes hammer remote terrorist camp

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- Armament personnel from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing load munitions onto A-10 Thunderbolt II, March 29, 2003. From a forward-deployed location, these fighters will fly missions into Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate weapons of mass destruction and to end the regime of Saddam Hussien.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman JoAnn S. Makinano)

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- Armament personnel from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing load munitions onto A-10 Thunderbolt II, March 29, 2003. From a forward-deployed location, these fighters will fly missions into Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate weapons of mass destruction and to end the regime of Saddam Hussien. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman JoAnn S. Makinano)

WASHINGTON -- Coalition air strikes during Operation Iraqi Freedom are not only yielding the systematic demolition of the Saddam Hussein regime, but are hammering international terrorist organizations as well.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, in an April 1 Pentagon press briefing, displayed images of a remote terrorist camp in northeastern Iraq hit by coalition aircraft in recent air strikes. Among the suspected inhabitants of the camp were 300 to 500 members of both the Ansar al-Islam and al-Qaida terrorist groups.

"We struck this camp with several dozen Tomahawk missiles and precision air strikes, and initial estimates indicate that a significant number of terrorists were killed," Myers said. "Many of the deceased appear not to be Iraqis but members of Ansar al-Islam, al-Qaida or perhaps other international terrorist organizations."

The general, joined at the briefing by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, said coalition ground forces found evidence that the residents of the camp were up to no good.

"We believe they were developing poisons for use against civilians in Europe and the United States," Myers said.

Similar results of the effectiveness of coalition airpower can be found near Baghdad, where the forces of Saddam Hussein are experiencing many a sleepless night, the general said.

"The air campaign continues to strike Iraqi leadership targets in Baghdad and throughout the country, to include air strikes on Iraqi command, control and communication facilities, as well as air defense sites," he said. "Republican Guard divisions are continuously being struck by our ground and air forces, significantly degrading their combat capability. Some of them have been degraded to below 50 percent."

Coalition pilots have dropped more than 9,000 precision-guided munitions since Operation Iraqi Freedom began, Myers said. Those pilots have flown more than 1,000 sorties in the past 24 hours, he added.

Rumsfeld said it has become painfully clear to the forces of Saddam Hussein that they are fighting a losing battle.

"Day and night, coalition air power is degrading Iraq's command and control with strikes that are powerful, sustained and precise," he said. "The regime has not lost, but is losing its ability to effectively communicate with its forces."

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @AirmanMagazine: That's what friends are for😎 A @usairforce KC-10 Extender crew from @Travis60AMW gave fuel to the @BlueAngels' F-18 Ho…
On Oct. 23, Lt. Gen. Warren Berry will discuss his service, his position and the role of the #AirForce. Click the l… https://t.co/AKTwiFpSrj
RT @SecAFOfficial: It’s an exciting & historic time to be an #Airman! Thanks for serving this great nation. It’s time to increase the thrus…
RT @US_TRANSCOM: @usairforce Airmen assigned to @grandslamwing move cargo to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of @CJTFOIR. @US_TRANSCOM’s ass…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: We must keep talking, keep asking...always connecting. We owe it to our #Airmen and each other. https://t.co/vjvPVLSDdI
RT @37thTRW: Who remembers cleaning 🧼 one of these rooms for inspection at #BMT? Or the #wingman that slept beside you? 🛏 Lots of history i…
RT @DeptofDefense: .@usairforce firefighters with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron take part in a mock aircraft fire exercise at Andersen A…
RT @DeptofDefense: With a little help from my friends 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 The @usairforce @AFThunderbirds perform with the @rafredarrows in the largest a…
RT @AF_Academy: New Academy telescope will be largest available for public viewing in Colorado. https://t.co/0e4AJJTHUn https://t.co/uHT0Mb…
RT @DepSecDef: Congratulations to Barbara Barrett on confirmation as the 25th Secretary of the @usairforce. A businesswoman, attorney, dipl…
RT @30thSpaceWing: #DYK –VAFB is partially powered by a 200 acre, 28MW solar array, reducing its electrical demand by 35%, saving the base…
RT @WrightPattAFB: An @AFResearchLab team recently delivered version 2.0 of the Survival Health Awareness Responders Kit (SHARK) to @usairf
Watch the video of Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett being sworn in. Click the link to learn more about… https://t.co/agE0mT2cFj
RT @EsperDoD: Congratulations to Barbara Barrett, the 25th @SecAFOfficial. I know she will lead the charge to modernize @usairforce operati…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: It’s a great day to be an Airman. Today Barbara Barrett officially became our 25th @SecAFOfficial. The men and women…
RT @DeptofDefense: Fill em up! ⛽ KC-135 Stratotankers from @RAFMildenhall refueled over 80 F-15s in a two-day exercise, offloading 480,000…
RT @SecAFOfficial: Today I officially became the 25th Secretary of the #AirForce. I'm conscious of the extraordinary privilege of working w…
RT @HQUSAFEPA: #BomberTaskForceEurope 20-1 is in full swing and B-52s from @TeamBarksdale are operating out of RAF Fairford to improve bomb…