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Missile Fired at U.S. Plane Misses

July 26, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Iraq fired a surface-to-air missile at an American U-2 spy plane over southern Iraq, U.S. officials said. The U.S. plane was not hit.

The crew of the U.S. aircraft was part of Operation Southern Watch patrolling a "no-fly" zone, Pentagon spokesman Lt. David Gai said.

The attack came less than a week after the crew of a Navy surveillance aircraft flying in Kuwaiti airspace reported seeing the plume of a surface-to-air missile apparently fired from inside Iraq. That plane also was not hit.

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