A member of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six has died from injuries he sustained Saturday evening while on a daring, but successful, rescue mission of an American doctor kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Taliban forces kidnapped Dr. Dilip Joseph and two Afghan colleagues, all with the nonprofit organization, Morning Star Development, on Wednesday as they were returning from a medical clinic in eastern Afghanistan. CNN reported the two Afghan staffers were quickly released; however, Dr. Joseph remained captive as of Saturday evening.
According to CNN, Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, ordered the rescue mission when military forces learned Dr. Joseph was in “imminent danger of injury or death.”
Gen. Allen issued a statement on the mission that took the life of the unidentified SEAL Team Six member:
Today’s mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban. 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.
CNN also reported U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, “the special operators who conducted this raid knew they were putting their lives on the line to free a fellow American from the enemy’s grip.”
Indeed they do know, and we thank them. Sincere condolences to this brave sailor’s family, and to SEAL Team Six.
For more information, watch the report from ABC News here: