BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraq reported the first flight by an American U-2 surveillance plane Monday in support of the U.N. inspection mission, marking another concession by the Baghdad government in hopes of staving off a U.S.-led attack.

``At 11:55 a.m., a U-2 surveillance plane entered Iraqi airspace and reconnoitered several areas of Iraq and left Iraqi airspace at 4:15 p.m.,'' the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ``The reconnaissance operation lasted four hours and 20 minutes.''

Last week, the Iraqis agreed to allow U-2 flights, fulfilling a major demand by U.N. inspectors seeking to determine if Iraq still harbors weapons of mass destruction.