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US-Led Coalition: US Doctor Rescued From Taliban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.S.-led military coalition says an American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago has been rescued in eastern Afghanistan.

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

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

Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, says American and Afghan forces planned, rehearsed and successfully conducted the operation. Allen says "Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones."

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

No other details of the rescue operation are immediately available.

11 News is still working to confirm reports that Dr. Joseph is from Colorado Springs. An 11 News crew went to the home of a Dr. Joseph Saturday night. A man who identified himself as a family friend said no one at the home had any comment.


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