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House to Investigate Pvt. Lynch's Story Too
Oversight Committee to Hear From Lynch and Tillman Family
04/11/2007 10:09 AM ET
U.S. Private First Class Jessica Lynch being loaded into a military helicopter on her way out of Iraq April 2, 2003.
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U.S. Private First Class Jessica Lynch being loaded into a military helicopter on her way out of Iraq April 2, 2003.

The Democratic Congress is not done examining the manner in which the Pentagon initially portrayed the circumstances surround the death of Pat Tillman, and now they have added the Jessica Lynch story to their roster of incidents to investigate.

The House Committee on Geovernment Reform and Oversighthas announced a hearing April 24 titled "Misleading Information from the Battlefield," which "will examine why inaccurate accounts of these two incidents were disseminated, the sources and motivations for the accounts, and whether the appropriate Administration officials have been held accountable."

Private Lynch was captured when her convoy became lost in An Nasariyah, Iraq, on March 23, 2003. US troops rescued Lynch from the hospital where she was being held in an operation that was portrayed as a dangerous raid, though information later emerged indicating that the public accounts of the circumstances were exaggerated.

The Pentagon had also released an account of Lynch's capture in which they related an account of the private heroically defending herself, though it later came out that Lynch's gun had jammed and she hadn't fired a shot.

Lynch told ABC News in an interview after her release that she was uncomfortable with the way US military officials had portrayed her capture and rescue, and felt compelled to speak out to set the record straight.

Lynch is scheduled to provide testimony at the hearing, as well as members of Pat Tillman's family.

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