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F-16 airstrike kills top al-Qaida leader

September 29, 2007 (by AFPN) - A USAF F-16 dropped precision munitions near Al Nussayyib, Iraq, Sept. 25 killing Abu Nasr al-Tunisi and two other al-Qaida Iraq operatives, according to Air Force officials.

A USAF F-16C taking off from Balad AB with two slant-mounted GBU-12s on station 3 and a GBU-38 JDAM on station 7.

They were killed when the aircraft, assigned to U.S. Central Command Air Forces, dropped two precision-guided 500lb bombs on the target - one laser-guided GBU-12 and one GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), destroying the terrorist safe house where the three were meeting.

"Airpower is crucial to setting the conditions for stability in Iraq," said Lt. Gen. Gary L. North, the Combined Air Forces component commander. "Airpower overhead provides capability to the fight with precision targeting, which was used on (Sept. 25) to ensure these individuals could no longer target innocent Iraqi citizens."

Coalition Air Forces play a critical role in synchronizing and integrating day-to-day ground operations by providing close-air support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, theater airlift, air-to-air refueling and aeromedical evacuation -- key and crucial components for the joint force commanders, joint and combined forces and the forces of NATO's International Security Assistance Force operations.