April 1, 2003
Posted at: 6:42 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON - An American prisoner of war has been rescued in Iraq, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
The Pentagon has identified the American prisoner rescued in Iraq as Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch of Palestine, West Virginia.
Lynch is part of the Army's 507th Maintenance Company out of Fort Bliss, Texas.
Lynch had been missing since the March 23rd ambush of her convoy. The Defense Department has said two members of the group are dead, five are prisoners of war and eight others, including Lynch, were missing.
The Pentagon has listed seven Americans as captured by Iraq since the outbreak of the war.
The development came as American ground troops battled Republican Guard troops around Karbala, a holy Shiite Muslim city about 50 miles south of Baghdad. It was unknown whether the fighting was related to the POW situation.
Two U.S. Army pilots were captured March 24 by Iraqi forces after their Apache helicopter was forced down during heavy fighting in central Iraq. A day earlier, five U.S. Army soldiers had been captured near Nasiriyah, a crossing point over the Euphrates River.
The POWs were displayed on television by the Iraqis in separate broadcasts.
In addition to the POWs, the Pentagon's official tally of the number of Americans missing is 16.