A secret special operation’s mission to rescue an American doctor from his Taliban captures in Eastern Afghanistan was completed this past weekend but one Seal Team 6 member was killed.
Dr. Dilip Joseph and his two Afghanistan colleagues were kidnapped Dec. 5 by Taliban members and were being held for a ransom. Joseph’s two colleagues were released on Saturday evening, and due to intelligence information on the situation, Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, ordered the mission to rescue Joseph.
“Intelligence showed that Joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death”, according to a military press release.
According to reports a meeting was scheduled to exchange Joseph for a $100,000 ransom. However, the meeting was conducted by the Seal Team 6 members who killed at least 6 of the Taliban members and rescued Joseph.
One unidentified Seal Team member however, was wounded in the confrontation and later died.
“Tragically, we lost one of our special operators in this effort,” President Obama said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, just as we must always honor our troops and military families. 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.”
Meanwhile, a Defense Department official told ABC that Joseph can walk, but was beaten up by his captors.
Joseph had worked for Colarado based, Morning Star Development and often visited clinics to offer help in Kabul. Morning Star said despite the situation Joseph was in good condition and will probably return home to Colorado Springs in the next few days.