Rescued POW Was 'Fighting to the Death'

Five captured soldiers from the 507th appeared on Iraqi television shortly after the battle, along with what appeared to be the bodies of other U.S. servicemen.

Daring Commando Raid

Grainy night-vision video shot by a combat camera crew with the U.S. commandos on Tuesday in Iraq showed Lynch awake and alert on a stretcher outside the Nasiriyah hospital.

The night-vision video enabled senior officers at U.S. Central Command in Qatar to watch the dramatic rescue as it happened.

"It was a classical joint operation done by some of our nation's finest warriors, who are dedicated to never leaving a comrade behind," said Central Command spokesman Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks.

An Iraqi doctor tipped U.S. forces to Lynch's location, U.S. officials told ABCNEWS.

Elite commando units including Army Rangers, Marines, Navy SEALs and Air Force pilots and combat controllers took part in the daring raid.

Sources said it was a textbook "extraction," in which Army Rangers secured the perimeter of the hospital compound, with the SEALs storming inside to locate Lynch and rush her to a waiting helicopter.

No coalition forces were injured, despite engaging in firefights entering and leaving the building, Brooks said.

The hospital, he added, was being used as a military command post, and U.S. forces found ammunition, mortars, maps, and terrain models in the facility.

U.S. forces launched a diversionary military attack in Nasiriyah to coincide with the rescue mission.

An Iraqi captured during the hospital raid showed rescuers 11 bodies in a morgue and "grave area," Brooks said, and U.S. forces retrieved the remains. They have not yet been identified, but could be the bodies of U.S. soldiers.

The Pentagon has listed seven Americans as captured by Iraq since the outbreak of the war, but 17 other Americans, including Lynch, were listed as status unknown.

ABCNEWS' Martha Raddatz contributed to this report.

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