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Former Iraq POW Jessica Lynch: Islamists are trying to ‘take away what beliefs or faith we have’

In an exclusive interview Sunday with award-winning journalist Rita Cosby, former Iraq War POW Jessica Lynch, who was brutalized during her nine days in captivity, said she’s unable to see where anything will change the mindset of Islamic extremists.

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On March 23, 2003, Army Pfc Lynch was part of a convoy that came under attack during the Battle of Nasiriyah. The Humvee she was riding in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, severely injuring Lynch, and she was captured.

Cosby noted during Lynch’s introduction on WABC Radio’s “The Rita Cosby Show” that:

I covered her capture … got a scoop that she was about to be rescued by U.S. troops.  I remember that day so well.  She was successfully rescued by U.S. special operations forces on April 1, 2003, said to be the first successful rescue of an American prisoner of war since Vietnam.  And the first ever, of a woman!  The whole nation was cheering for joy with news that she was safe and that she was alive.

It was because Lynch was brutalized — even after she was eventually transferred to a hospital — that an Iraqi citizen told the Americans of her whereabouts, leading to her rescue.

“I saw them hit the female soldier, and my heart stopped,” said the Iraqi, according to USA Today. “I decided to go to the Americans and tell them the story.”

That she still has to wear a leg brace as a result of her injuries hasn’t slowed Lynch one iota. According to Cosby:

Now, 12 years later, Jessica Lynch is trying a new role in life — acting. She’s also a mom and a sought-after inspirational speaker. In the soon-to-be released film, “One Church,” produced by JC Films, she plays the president’s daughter.

Considering Lynch’s strong Christian faith, Cosby asked her about the targeting of Christians by Islamic State militants. She answered in a distinctly non-military fashion.

“That’s what they do. They’re going to target us,” Lynch said. “They’re going to try to take away what beliefs or faith we have. And, you know as Christians, I believe that we’re going to stand strong. We’re going to continue praying. We’re going to continue with what we know… And we’re going to overpower them in that situation. They may take us by guns and armory, but with us, we’ll just continue praying and having faith that we’re going to stand strong.”

When asked whether the world is doing all it can to protect Christians and other targeted groups in the Middle East and Africa, Lynch separated the responders into three groups: The U.S. military, the U.S. government and the rest of the world.

While she said she “can’t speak for the government,” she added that “I think, definitely with military, we’re doing what we can to protect everybody — not just Christians.”

As for the rest of the world, “maybe not,” she answered. “Maybe not. Definitely I think things could be improved and handled differently.”

Cosby and Lynch closed the interview by discussing Lynch’s second foray into screenplay acting. Her first was “Virtuous,” in which Lynch played a minor role. The film will be released directly to DVD in the summer.

The producer, Jason Campbell, must have liked what he saw in Lynch, because he asked her to return and play a larger part in a second film, “One Church.” Lynch described it as a political thriller in which she plays the daughter of the president of the United States.

Listen to the entire interview by clicking here.

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