US forces have rescued a young female soldier who was held as a prisoner of war in Iraq, reports said.
Army supply clerk Jessica Lynch, 19, had been missing since her 507th Maintenance Co. convoy came under attack on March 20. The rescue of Lynch was confirmed by Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks at US Central Command in Qatar but refused to provide any further details.
"Coalition forces have conducted a successful rescue mission of a US Army prisoner of war held captive in Iraq," he said. "The soldier has been returned to a Coalition-controlled area. More details will be released as soon as possible."
The Pentagon confirmed the soldier was private Lynch, of Palestine, West Virginia. The Pentagon has listed seven Americans as captured by Iraq since the outbreak of the war.