Unidentified assailants fired at least one surface-to-air missile at a C-141 U.S. military cargo plane as it took off from Baghdad International Airport, but failed to hit it, coalition provisional authorities said.
The attempted strike occurred around 5:30 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Saturday, hours before U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wrapped up his visit to Iraq. Details of the incident were made available on Sunday.
The missile was detected both visually and instrumentally, officials said.
The incident -- which caused no injuries or damage -- is the third of its kind since Washington declared an end to major combat in Iraq on May 1...
According to a later CNN story, that three-attack figure isn't exactly accurate:
Without offering any details, coalition military spokesman Col. George Kirvo said that such incidents have happened "many times" in the past....
Don't say I never told you that this kind of thing is happening.