A Colorado Springs doctor, working in Afghanistan for a relief agency, is safe after U.S. and Afghan forces rescued him from the Taliban.
Dr. Dilip Joseph, a medical adviser for the nonprofit Morningstar Development, and two others were kidnapped Wednesday.
“Yesterday, our special operators in Afghanistan rescued an American citizen in a mission that was characteristic of the extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism that our troops show every day,” the White House said in a statement.
“Tragically, we lost one of our special operators in this effort,” the statement said.
CNN, citing a U.S. official, reported the casualty was a member of SEAL Team Six, the elite Navy commandos who killed Osama bin Laden.
Joseph was the third and final member of the team to be freed.
At least six people were killed and two Taliban leaders were arrested during the operation, according to The New York Times.
The rescue in Laghman province took place early Sunday after allied forces received reports Joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death.
Colorado Springs-based Morningstar is an economic- and community- development agency founded in 2002 by Daniel Batchelder, according to the group’s website. . .