There has not been a kinetic air strike in Iraq in at least six months and there's not likely to be another one any time soon since the situation in country is stable, Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, head of US Forces-Iraq, told reporters during a briefing in the Pentagon, July 21, 2010. However, airpower is still critical there in roles like intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance, he said. Here, an F-16, capable of strike, but also an effective ISR platform, lands at Joint Base Balad after completing a combat sortie, Jan. 2, 2010.
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