Colorado Springs doctor rescued from Taliban expected back in U.S. by early next week

Dr. Dilip Joseph is doing well, employer says

DENVER - A doctor from Colorado Springs who was rescued from the Taliban in Afghanistan is expected to return to the United States by early next week.

The operation to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph left one Navy SEAL dead.

Dr. Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents on Dec. 5 and rescued Sunday.  Joseph works with Morning Star Development, a Colorado nonprofit that establishes medical clinics and does other work in Afghanistan.

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.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque of Monroeville, Pa., died in the rescue.

Lars Peterson, Morning Star executive director, said Wednesday Joseph is doing well. Peterson says he doesn't believe Joseph suffered any abuse.

Two other Morning Star workers were abducted with Joseph and were released by their captors on Saturday. Peterson says they aren't U.S. citizens but declined to identify their home nations.

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