Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Morning Star Development announced that the doctor kidnapped in Afghanistan and rescued by a U.S. military team is now back in the United States. Here are the details.
* Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs was kidnapped on Dec. 5, along with two other staff members from the nonprofit Morning Star Development, while returning from a visit to a clinic rural medical clinic in eastern Kabul Province.
* The Associated Press identified the kidnappers as Taliban insurgents.
* While the other two staff members were released by their captors, on Dec. 8 a military team rescued Joseph from a mountainous area about 50 miles from the Pakistan border.
* According to the AP report, the rescue involved both Afghan and U.S. military forces, with information being collected from a number of sources in order to identify Joseph and those responsible for kidnapping him.
* Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, one of the members of the U.S. military team -- identified as SEAL Team 6, the same team credited for killing Osama bin Laden in 2011 -- died of injuries sustained in the mission, the Denver Post reported.
* In a statement released by Morning Star Development on Friday, Joseph expressed gratitude for the U.S. and Afghan forces "for putting their lives on the line to rescue me. I can appreciate the difficulty of this particular operation and deeply value the sacrifice of one of their own servicemen for the success of this mission.
* In his statement, Joseph went on to express continued hope for peace and long-term stability in Afghanistan. He had been traveling to Afghanistan for several years "in the hope of making a difference for this country and her people," he wrote.
* Morning Star Development, started in 2002, has focused its mission of using sustainable economic and community development initiatives to empower individuals and transform communities on Afghanistan. Some of its projects include an Institute for Leadership Development in Kabul, along with the Kabul University Medical Clinic, a residency training program for Afghan doctors and a team house.
* Other Morning Star Development projects exist in Tangi Saidan, Lalandar, Jegdelak, Faizabad, Herat and Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
* Morning Star Development also announced on Friday that it had met with the family of Checque, as well as his military commander, and that the organization planned to continue to support the family of Checque and "look for ways to honor his name and his service."
* The family had invited members of the organization to attend the funeral of the slain officer.
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