Skooter reports 12/10/12
During a humanitarian mission in eastern Afghanistan, a medical doctor from Colorado was abducted by Taliban gangs and over the weekend he was rescued by US Special Forces, the White House said today.
But the raiding team to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, 39, a medical advisor with the Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development charity, unfortunately cost the life of one member of the elite team that got him out, according to President Obama.
President Obama said in a statement that 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. Tragically, we lost one of our special operators in this effort.
Early yesterday Joseph was rescued after intelligence showed he was at risk of death or injury, officials said. The raiding team was a combined operation of U.S. and Afghan forces, 1st Lt. Joseph Alonso a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan said. The doctor had been taken about 50 miles from the Pakistan border. About six of Joseph’s captors, believed to be Taliban fighters were killed in the operations and two suspected ring leaders were captured.
Last Wednesday, Joseph with two Afghan fellow doctors were approximately an hour’s drive of east of Kabul supervising a medical clinic project when they were abducted, said Lars Peterson, executive director of Morning Star Development. On Saturday, the two Afghan nationals who were with Joseph were freed after long negotiations, but the abductors refused to release Joseph, according to Peterson.
The US and Afghan forces raid got under way eleven hours later and successfully conducted the operation, Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said. Gen.Allen thanked the raiding team and Dr. Joseph, he said, will soon be rejoining his family and loves ones.
Kidnap for ransom plots are common across the region by criminal gangs and the Taliban. It was stated positively by the Morning Star Development that no ransom was paid, money or other consideration to the captors or anyone else to secure the release of hostages.