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Doctor Rescued from Taliban is Medical Advisor for Colorado NGO

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The American doctor rescued from the Taliban in Afghanistan Saturday by U.S. Special Operations Forces is the medical adviser for a Colorado Springs NGO, his employer confirmed Sunday.

Dr. Dilip Joseph and two colleagues were kidnapped by a group of armed men while returning from a visit to a rural medical clinic in eastern Kabul Province, according to a statement from their employer, Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development. The statement said the three were eventually taken to a mountainous area about 50 miles from the border with Pakistan.

Morning Star’s crisis management team in Colorado Springs was in contact with the hostages and their captors almost immediately, the statement said.

On Saturday evening in Afghanistan, two of the three hostages were released. Morning Star did not release their names in order to protect their identities. Dr. Joseph remained in captivity.

Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, ordered the mission to rescue Joseph when “intelligence showed that Joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death”, according to a military press release.

Morning Star said Joseph was in good condition and will probably return home to Colorado Springs in the next few days.

A Defense Department official told ABC’s Luis Martinez that Joseph can walk, but was beaten up by his captors.

Joseph has worked for Morning Star Development for three years, the organization said, and travels frequently to Afghanistan.

“Morning Star Development does state categorically that we paid no ransom, money or other consideration to the captors or anyone else to secure the release of these hostages,” the organization said.

“Due to security concerns, some cannot be named but their help will never be forgotten. Among these who cannot be named we include all of the courageous members of the U.S. military who successfully rescued Mr. Joseph as they risked their own lives doing so,” the statement said.

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American Doctor Rescued From Taliban

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An American doctor who worked for an NGO in Kabul and had been kidnapped by the Taliban was rescued Saturday in a raid by U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials.

Dr. Dilip Joseph, who was abducted Dec. 5 by Taliban insurgents in the vicinity of Sarobi District, Kabul Province, was freed Saturday during an operation in eastern Afghanistan.

“Today’s mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban,” said Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of USFOR-A.  “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.”

Allen said he ordered the mission when intelligence showed that Joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death.

According to a Defense Department official, no U.S. forces were killed in the raid, but several Taliban died in the rescue, which was a nighttime helicopter raid by U.S. Special Operations forces in a very remote area by the Pakistan border.

The rescue mission was planned and executed quickly, according to the official, because of serious concerns about Joseph’s safety.

“We were concerned for his life,” the official said. “He was not being held in the best of conditions, he was not being treated well and there was concern for his safety. And the longer it went on if he was not killed, it would become harder and harder.  There were indications he might be being moved to Pakistan.”

U.S. officials were made aware of Joseph’s abduction the day it happened, but was not announced, again because of safety concerns, according to the official.

“It’s fair to say the primary focus is on safety of U.S. citizens,” the official said. “The goal is to get them back as quickly as possible. The judgment in this case was made that it was not in his best interest to make it widely known.”

Joseph has undergone medical evaluation. He can walk under his own power, but he was beaten up by his captors, the official said.

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