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War hero Jessica heads home

Ramstein (Germany), April 12 (Reuters): Jessica Lynch, the teenage US soldier rescued by American forces from captivity in Iraq, headed home today from the US military hospital in Germany where she has been treated for the past week.

Lynch, who has multiple injuries and broken limbs, was carried on a stretcher aboard a giant C-17 cargo plane taking 50 wounded soldiers and some visiting family members to Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington DC.

Lynch, 19, spent nine days as a prisoner of war, after her 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company convoy made a wrong turn and came under fire from Iraqi tanks and troops on March 23.

Acting on a tip-off from an Iraqi lawyer, US special forces infiltrated Saddam Hospital in the southern city of Nassiriya under cover of darkness to whisk her out of enemy territory.

Lynch’s family issued a statement as the plane took off at 1220 GMT to thank the public, US armed forces and medical teams.

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