Iraq POW Video

By: Denise Alex
By: Denise Alex

NBC reported Tuesday night that graphic video footage of a badly injured Jessica Lynch and Lori Piestewa, who may have died shortly afterward, was taken by Iraqi state television following the ambush of the soldiers' Army convoy.

The video, aired on "NBC Nightly News," shows the two Army privates at the hospital where they were taken following the March 23 ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company.

NBC says the tape was never aired in Iraq. Piestewa, her face swollen and bruised and her head loosely bandaged, is shown as someone positions her feet, and then her head, for the camera shot.

The 20-year-old Lynch of Palestine, West Virginia, is also shown bandaged, her lip cut. Neither appears awake or alert.

Piestewa's mother, Percy Piestewa, says she didn't want to talk to reporters. Telephone messages left with two spokespeople for Lynch's family in West Virginia were not immediately returned.

Lynch and four other soldiers were rescued by U.S. special forces on April 1.


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