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American Doctor Rescued From Taliban

Dec. 9, 2012

Coalition forces in Afghanistan Sunday rescued an American doctor who had been abducted by the Taliban four days earlier, military officials said.

Dr. Dilip Joseph, whose hometown wasn't provided, was freed during an operation in eastern Afghanistan and was being checked out before being reunited with his family, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said.

Joseph had been abducted by Taliban insurgents Wednesday in the vicinity of Sarobi District of Kabul province. No details were provided about how he came to be kidnapped.

Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, gave the rescue mission the green light to go forward after intelligence showed the doctor was in imminent danger of injury or death, the ISAF said in a release posted on its website.

"Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban," Allen said.

"I'm proud of the American and Afghan forces that planned, rehearsed and successfully conducted this operation. Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones."

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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