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U.S. doctor rescued in Afghanistan from Taliban

Dec. 9, 2012 - 11:12AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 9, 2012 - 11:12AM  |  
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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, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was captured by Taliban insurgents Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province.

He was rescued in an early morning operation ordered after intelligence showed that the doctor was in imminent danger of injury or possible death, according to a statement.

"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.

Joseph, a medical adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development, was reported to be uninjured, the nonprofit said in a statement. The group also says two of his co-workers, whose names haven't been released, were freed by their captors about 11 hours before the rescue.

Morning Star's website says the group helps rebuild communities in Afghanistan.

A call to the nonprofit wasn't immediately returned.

No other details of the rescue operation were immediately available.

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