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President Obama: One U.S. Special Forces Member Dead In Rescue Operation

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Early Sunday, a U.S. special operator died during a successful mission to rescue an American doctor being held by the Taliban.

A ground operation by U.S. troops in September.

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President Obama announced in a statement Sunday that one U.S. Special Forces team member had died in a successful mission that rescued an American doctor from the Taliban early Sunday.

The American, identified as Colorado-based nonprofit doctor Dilip Joseph was held by the Taliban for nearly five days. He was rescued along with two of his colleagues who were Afghan doctors and their Afghan driver. They were kidnapped Wednesday by Taliban gunman after they had visited a rural medical clinic outside of the Afghan capital of Kabul.

President Obama's statement:

"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. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, just as we must always honor our troops and military families. 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."

Joseph is expected to return to America in a few days.


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