Troops rescue kidnapped US doctor in Afghanistan

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KABUL – US troops rescued a kidnapped American doctor during an operation against Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said.

The rescue mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in “imminent danger of injury or death”, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

Joseph was abducted on December 5 by Taliban insurgents in the vicinity of Sarobi District, Kabul Province.

“Today’s mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban,” said General John Allen, the commander of US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

“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 was now “undergoing evaluations”, the statement said, without giving further details.

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