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Colorado Springs Doctor Rescued From Taliban

By: KKTV/AP
By: KKTV/AP

Officials with the U.S.-led military coalition say an American doctor abducted by the Taliban has been rescued in eastern Afghanistan.

Dr. Dilip Joseph, of Colorado Springs, was captured by Taliban insurgents Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province. Coalition leaders say he was rescued early Sunday in Afghanistan after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.

Joseph, a medical adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development, was reported to be uninjured, the nonprofit said in a statement. The group also says two of his co-workers, whose names haven't been released, were freed by their captors about 11 hours before the rescue.

Morning Star's website says the group helps rebuild communities in Afghanistan.

The organization released a statement Sunday night:

"The uncertainty of the days of this ordeal were harrowing and we are so thankful and grateful for the safe return of Dilip to our family. We are incredibly grateful for the multiple agencies of the US government that have supported us in this difficult time, and especially the quick response by our military and partner allies to rescue Dilip. They showed great heroism and professionalism.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the American sailor who died during Dilip's rescue. We could not be more grateful for that soldier's heroism and for the bravery of all involved in the mission to bring Dilip home."
-Lars Peterson, Executive Director


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