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American doctor rescued from Taliban in Afghanistan

By Deb Riechmann

Associated Press


KABUL, Afghanistan >> An American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago was rescued today in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said.

Dr. Dilip Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province.

He was rescued in an early morning operation ordered after intelligence showed that the doctor was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to a statement.

"This was a combined operation of U.S. and Afghan forces," said 1st Lt. Joseph Alonso, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "Information was collected through multiple intelligence sources, which allowed Afghan and coalition forces to identify the location of Joseph and the criminals responsible for his captivity."

Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said the joint force planned, rehearsed and successfully conducted the operation.

"Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones," Allen said.

The statement did not say where Joseph is from, or whether he was harmed in captivity.

No other details of the rescue operation were immediately available.

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Ronin006 wrote:
"Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones," Allen said. And what about the Special Forces soldier who was killed in the rescue? He also will soon be joining his family, but he will be in a pine box. The doctor was in Afghanistan, a war zone, with a non-profit medical group. He put himself in harm’s way, and a brave US soldier died in the process. Why is his rescue being celebrated? We should have left him with his captors, which would have spared the soldier’s family a lot of grief.
on December 9,2012 | 05:39PM
all_fed_up wrote:
Ronin, Shouldn't your anger be directed towards those barbaric terrorist idiots rather than the doc who endangered his own life to contribute humanitarian services to those in need?
on December 9,2012 | 07:26PM
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