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Missile Fired at U.S. Plane in Baghdad

Suspected pro-Saddam Hussein insurgents fired a surface-to-air missile at a U.S. military C-130 transport plane as it landed at Baghdad International Airport Wednesday, but missed the target, a coalition military spokesman said. The attack occurred at 8:45 a.m. The military said it was investigating but would give no further details about whether the plane was carrying passengers or cargo. Military spokesman Giovanni Llorente said he also could not say where the plane was coming from. Pentagon officials confirmed the attempted missile attack Wednesday but said they had no further details. The C-130, like most military planes, has countermeasures that can be used to defeat surface-to-air missiles. Military pilots in hostile areas also use tactics such as flying close to the ground to make it harder for missiles to hit their planes. Full Story

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