U.S. Doctor Rescued From Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan (December 9, 2012)--An American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago was rescued Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led military coalition said.

Taliban insurgents captured Dr. Dilip Joseph Wednesday outside the Afghan capital, in the Sarobi district of Kabul province.

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

Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, says American and Afghan forces planned, rehearsed and successfully conducted the operation.

"Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones,” Allen said.

The statement did not say where Joseph is from, or whether he was harmed in captivity.

No other details of the rescue operation are immediately available.


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