Amer­i­can doc­tor rescued

U.S. sol­dier killed in op­er­a­tion to free med­i­cal ad­viser.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - From news ser­vices

A mem­ber of a U.S. spe­cial op­er­a­tions team was killed dur­ing a week­end res­cue mis­sion in Afghanistan that freed an Amer­i­can doc­tor ab­ducted by the Tal­iban out­side Kabul.

At least six peo­ple were killed and two Tal­iban lead­ers were ar­rested dur­ing the mis­sion. It was un­clear whether there were any other ca­su­al­ties among the Afghan or coali­tion forces in­volved.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama praised the spe- cial forces Sun­day, say­ing the mis­sion was char­ac­ter­is­tic of U.S. troops’ “ex­tra­or­di­nary courage, skill and pa­tri­o­tism.”

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued early Sun­day in east­ern Afghanistan. Joseph, a med­i­cal ad­viser for Morn­ing Star Devel­op­ment, was rescued af­ter in­tel­li­gence showed he was in im­mi­nent dan­ger of in­jury or pos­si­ble death, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. mil­i­tary.

Joseph and two Afghan men were ab­ducted Wed­nes­day as they trav­eled near a clinic in the Sorobi district of east­ern Afghanistan, about an hour out­side of Kabul, said Naqee­bul­lah Khan, the district po­lice chief.

The Amer­i­can killed in the mis­sion was not iden­ti­fied.

“He gave his life for his fel­low Amer­i­cans, and he and his team­mates re­mind us once more of the self­less ser­vice that al­lows our na­tion to stay strong, safe and free,” Obama said.

Morn­ing Star, a re­lief group that helps re­build com­mu­ni­ties in Afghanistan, said in a state­ment that Joseph was un­in­jured and would prob­a­bly re­turn home in a few days.

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