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A U.S. official has identified to Fox News the member of the Navy SEAL Team Six -- the same special ops group used for the raid on Usama bin Laden's compound -- that was killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban outside of Kabul five days ago.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8, while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan.  Checque was stationed in Virginia Beach where he was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit.

President Barack Obama praised the special forces on Sunday, saying the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops' "extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism."

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued early Sunday, local time, in eastern Afghanistan. Joseph, a medical adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development, was rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to the U.S. military.

"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," Obama said in a statement.

In a separate statement Sunday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, "In this fallen hero, and all of our special operators, Americans see the highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service upheld."

Morning Star, a relief group that helps rebuild communities in Afghanistan, said in a statement that Joseph was uninjured and would probably return home in a few days. The group also said two of his co-workers were freed by their captors about 11 hours before the rescue, after hours of negotiations were conducted over three days.

Morning Star said the three workers were abducted by a group of armed men while returning from a visit to one of the organization's rural medical clinics in eastern Kabul province. The group said the three workers were taken into mountains about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the Pakistan border.

The relief group said it would not reveal the identity of the other two men because they live and work in the region. The group said it did not pay ransom to obtain their release.

Morning Star praised those who helped get their workers back unharmed, singling out "courageous members of the U.S. military who successfully rescued Mr. Joseph as they risked their own lives doing so."

The group also offered thanks to local Afghan elders "who made visits and appeals to the captors advocating for the release of the hostages."

Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents on Wednesday in the Sarobi district of Kabul province.

The rescue operation was ordered after intelligence showed that the doctor was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to a statement by the U.S.-led military coalition.

"This was a combined operation of U.S. and Afghan forces," said 1st Lt. Joseph Alonso, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "Information was collected through multiple intelligence sources, which allowed Afghan and coalition forces to identify the location of Joseph and the criminals responsible for his captivity."

Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said the joint force planned, rehearsed and successfully conducted the operation.

"Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones," Allen said.

 

How the event unfolded:

 

KABUL, Afghanistan –  An American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago was rescued Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said.

Dr. Dilip Joseph, along with an Afghan doctor and driver, were captured by Taliban insurgents Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province, according to a Stars and Stripes report.

Joseph, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was returning from a visit to a medical clinic he had been overseeing when he was captured, according to a press release issued by his employer, Morning Star Development, a Colorado-based non-governmental organization.

He was rescued in an early morning operation, which was ordered when intelligence showed that Joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death.

The Afghan doctor and driver were reportedly released before the raid and taken to a police station, according to the Morning Star and Stars and Stripes reports. Their identities were not released.

Joseph has worked for Morning Star for three years and has been serving as a medical adviser, traveling frequently to Afghanistan, the organization's news release states.

President Barack Obama praised U.S. special operations forces, including one who was killed in action, for the rescue of an American citizen who was being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Obama said the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops' "extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism."

In a separate statement, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the "fallen hero, and all of our special operators" represent the "highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service."

Following the rescue operation, Joseph was transported to Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, where he was reported to be in good condition, according to Morning Star.

"This was a combined operation of U.S. and Afghan forces," said 1st Lt. Joseph Alonso, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. "Information was collected through multiple intelligence sources, which allowed Afghan and coalition forces to identify the location of Joseph and the criminals responsible for his captivity."

"Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban," Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said in a statement.  "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."

Joseph is expected to receive precautionary examinations and a debriefing before returning to Colorado Springs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Comments

USMarine

Whats with OBumma, he can send Seals in for a private doctor but NOT for their fellow Seals and a Ambassador who are under attack for several hours then killed!

Mike P

The administration is being so forthcoming with info on this operation. When do we get to hear about Benghazi? R.I.P Petty Officer Checque, and I pray for comfort for your family. Semper Fi.

Miss Em

The doctor... after election...oh so politically correct.
The ambassador and the seal...before election...to risky, would have cost the election...

Can you say "only a sure deal" and "politically correct".

Enough said.

Miss Em

Bruce

There a rare breed, just one percent of the population. there called the
U.S. Military, we call them Hero's, RIP

Sammy D

I'm with US Marine - that doctor went to Afghanistan of his own free will KNOWING he would be in extreme danger. I'm not opposed to humanitarian missions but those who participate gotta accept the risk that comes with it. Losing one of our brightest and bravest in this mission and heaping high praise while brushing off what happened in Benghazi is SO typical of our DC bureaucrats. I am so pissed at the deaths of our special ops and covert forces in both these situations.

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