Abducted US Doctor Rescued In Eastern Afghanistan

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An American doctor who had been abducted by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan has been rescued, the US-led international forces say.

Gen Allen

An American doctor who had been abducted by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan has been rescued, the US-led international forces say.

The man, Dilip Joseph, was freed by US and Afghan forces in a joint operation that killed seven of his captors.

The top commander of US forces in Afghanistan, Gen John Allen, said he had ordered the mission after intelligence showed that the doctor was in danger of being killed or injured.

He is now undergoing medical tests.

'Unwavering'

Dr Joseph was captured by Taliban insurgents on 5 December in the Sarobi district of Kabul province, near the Afghan capital.

Gen Allen praised the military cooperation between US and Afghan forces which led to Dr Joseph's release.

"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," he said.

"Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban," Gen Allen added.

No details have been released about the operation to free Dr Joseph.

A security source told Agence France-Presse that Dr Joseph had been involved in building clinics.

Sarobi district was returned to the control of Afghan forces in April. French troops had been in command until then. France ended its combat operations in Afghanistan last month.