December 10th, 2012
03:32 AM ET

U.S. Navy SEAL killed in operation to rescue American doctor in Afghanistan

By Qadir Sediqi

An elite U.S. special forces team rescued an American doctor who had been abducted in Afghanistan, but lost one of their own members in the mission, officials said.

Dr. Dilip Joseph was freed 11 hours after his captors released two other kidnapped staffers of his nonprofit agency, Morning Star Development, the organization said Sunday.

Hours later, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that "a U.S. service member was killed in the operation."

A U.S. official said the man who was shot dead belonged to the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. The elite unit is the same one that took part in the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but the official didn't know if the fallen service member was involved in that operation.

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  10. Old Man Clark

    Here goes another one of these clowns to bite the dust, so to speak. Isn't his team the same one that brutally murdered the purported Ossama bin Laden on May 2 of last year in Pakistan? I can't get over just how the right-wing news media tries to glorify these obscene wars Enough already!

    December 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
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      ....Get a life.....and try to remember CNN is not a right wing anything.

      December 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        If CNN is not right-wing Portland tony, then why do they tout these members of the Navy Seal Team 6 as heroes for murdering the purported Ussama bin Laden last year? They could just as easily taken him alive but didn't. Moreover, they just threw his body into the Arabian Sea only 24 hours later.

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