Pentagon to admit: Private Lynch wasn’t shot or stabbed
An American army report into the capture of US female soldier Jessica Lynch is expected to disclose that the young Private was not shot or stabbed by Iraqis.
Private Lynch, a 19-year-old army clerk, was said to have suffered broken arms, a broken leg, and multiple gunshot wounds when her vehicle was ambushed at the beginning of the Iraq war.
The Pentagon report is expected to conclude that Private Lynch suffered her injuries as the result of a vehicle accident.
Details of Lynch's capture emerged soon after her dramatic “rescue” in March. Lynch’s unit had taken a wrong turning and came under fire from Iraqi forces. Media reports suggested that Private Lynch was stabbed and shot, before being taken to a hospital controlled by Iraqi soldiers.
According to the BBC, although Pentagon officials at the time did not confirm the reports, they did little to dispel them. However, after an investigation by the army, the Pentagon is expected to say Private Lynch was injured when her vehicle crashed after being struck by a projectile. It is also expected to conclude that she was neither shot nor stabbed. (Albawaba.com)
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