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Brian Williams On Iraq, In 2007: 'I Looked Down The Tube Of An RPG That Had Been Fired At Us'

02/07/2015 05:14 pm ET | Updated Feb 07, 2015
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Last week, it came out that "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams' story about a 2003 RPG attack in Iraq has changed dramatically over the years.

Williams -- who announced Saturday he was taking a temporary leave from "Nightly News" -- apologized earlier this week for claiming that he had been riding in a Chinook helicopter that took enemy fire and was forced to land. He said that he was actually riding in the helicopter behind the one that was hit, and had confused the events of 12 years ago.

Soldiers on that mission, however, told Stars and Stripes that Williams was nowhere near the helicopter that was shot down, and was traveling in a different formation altogether.

Now a video from 2007 has surfaced in which Williams claims that the RPG fired at his helicopter, in addition to downing the one in front of him, and that he was close enough to stare down the barrel of the weapon.

"I've been very, very lucky the way my life has turned out," Williams said in an interview with Fairfield University Student Television, after making an appearance on campus:

I've been very lucky to have survived a few things that I've been involved in. At the reception a few minutes ago, I was remembering something I tend to forget: the war with Hezbollah in Israel a few years back where there were Katyusha rockets passing just underneath the helicopter I was riding in. A few years before that, you go back to Iraq, and I looked down the tube of an RPG that had been fired at us and had hit the chopper in front of ours. And I'm so fortunate to be sitting here.

NBC News is conducting an internal investigation into Williams' statements about the helicopter attack. His reporting during Hurricane Katrina has also come under scrutiny.

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