It was back in March 23, 2003, just three days after the start of the Iraq War, when Private First Class Jessica Lynch’s unit was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq. Lynch was only 19 when she was captured, badly injured and raped by Iraqi forces and held hostage for nine days before her dramatic rescue by US Rangers on April 1, 2003.
Controversy surrounds the “mythic” rescue story line. Lynch has blamed the Bush administration for exaggerating the bravery and success of the war with her story. “I knew that, even ten years later, I would not have been able to live with myself knowing that I let those stories escalate and I went along with what those other people were saying, because I knew in my heart that that’s not really what happened,” Lynch told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff.