February 9, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 9 and it seems that the F-16 was quite successful in several interventions in Iraq.
U.S. Air Force F-16s provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces during a raid targeting al-Qaeda terrorists and foreign fighter facilitators near Baqubah. As the raid progressed, ground forces began receiving enemy fire from several directions, and called in for air support. Eight terrorists barricaded themselves inside one of the buildings and continued to fire at the ground forces. F-16s expended GBU-12s and a GBU-38 on the building, resulting in its destruction and the deaths of the eight terrorists according to Multinational Forces Iraq officials.
Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons also provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Baqubah. The F-16s provided a successful show of force disrupting numerous people from placing an improvised explosive device. Individuals appeared to flee the scene.
Air Force F-16s also gave close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Balad and Samarra.