US doctor rescued in Afghanistan

2012-12-09 11:58

Kabul - US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the Nato force in the war-torn country said.

The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in "imminent danger of injury or death", Nato's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

Joseph was abducted on 5 December by Taliban insurgents in the Surobi district of Kabul province.

"Today's mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban," said General John Allen, the commander of US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

"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."

Building clinics

Joseph was now "undergoing evaluations", the statement said, without giving further details.

A security source told AFP that the doctor had been involved in building clinics in Afghanistan but details of his capture were not immediately available.

An ISAF spokesperson said the rescue had been launched when multiple intelligence sources indicated that he was in immediate danger. "We felt we had to act now," he told AFP.

Seven of the doctor's captors were killed in the operation, which involved combined US and Afghan forces, he said.

He gave no further details of where the doctor had been held or on the rescue operation itself, saying they could be announced later in the day.

Surobi outside Kabul had been under the control of French troops until April this year, when responsibility for security was handed to Afghan forces as part of France's accelerated withdrawal from the country.

France ended its combat mission in Afghanistan last month, two years before allied nations contributing to the 100 000-strong US-led Nato force are due to depart.

Westerners are a prize target for the Taliban Islamists, who have waged an 11-year insurgency since being toppled from power in a US-led invasion in 2001.

In June, Nato special forces rescued two foreign women working for a Swiss-based charity who had been kidnapped and held in a cave in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous Badakhshan province, killing five of their captors.

  • frankie.dionisio - 2012-12-09 12:06

    "HEROES"Well done

  • Timur Safak - 2012-12-09 12:14

    they don't deserve any charity work there any one whose thinking of going over there for any social work must be suicidal.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-09 12:15


  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 13:02

    Well done! Now just wait for the leftists to bleat about "disproportionate force!"

  • ft.burhaak - 2012-12-09 13:57

    Yippeee,a few people of a dif race religion or culture other then yours got killed.A perfect opportunity to bust a castle and have a braai.Also prepare for braais when u hear of mega retaliation in the coming

      Fishlus - 2012-12-09 15:03

      By shooting your mouth off with your poiseness vitriol you have just justified anti muslim contempt Go play in the traffic you troll Heres hoping that special forces removes more jihadists from the world population

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 15:04

      So you're saying they shouldn't have rescued the doctor because his kidnappers might die? How twisted are you? What did this have to do with race?

      Gorden Norman - 2012-12-09 15:08

      I hope so then hopefully more of these lunatic's will be killed. I would also love it if you go there.

      ft.burhaak - 2012-12-09 15:47

      @fishlus,please explain the diff between a Jihadist and a fundamentalist Crusader?

      ft.burhaak - 2012-12-09 15:59

      @averemel,stop fooling yourself.Its al about religious and racial intolerance,the root cause of wars.Many 9/11 hijackers studied and trained in Germany.Nobody invaded Germany for that,i guess their blonde hair and blue eyes saved them from being bombarded by drones.@Norman Afghanistan not a bad option compared to racist South Africa.Il consider lol

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 16:07

      So the doctor was evil and deserved to be killed? Please go live there lots if desert for you to get lost in. You can also get your Taliban buddies to pour acid over any 12 year old girls who don't want to marry you.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 16:09

      Jihadists and crusaders are basically the same, difference is that Crusades lasted 100 years, Jihad has been ongoing since Mohammed. Look at Nigeria as a modern example.

      Fishlus - 2012-12-09 16:36

      Are you talking about brains or when it happened? If it is brains then they are both just as stupid because they commit acts against man ordered by man because of a very low iq and chronic inferiority You seem to forget that christians stopped the crusades and jihadists have been killing one another for etrnity the crusades were a very dark time for christianity and by saying that the one is the same as the other you are saying that Islam is only now going through its "Dark Ages" in terms of cultural development which means by inference that the very nature of Islam is backwards if this is what you are saying then i suggest you run because your own bretheren are going to stone you to death for being so stupid and running Islam down

      ft.burhaak - 2012-12-09 18:19

      Fishlus,are u naive or pretending.Crusades are alive and well,and it has manifested itself in the invasion of Iraq,Afghanistan,through NATO bombing campaigns all over the Middle East.But they changed the name from crusaders to a whole new list of names.World economic meltdown,climate change,rampand wars,super disasters,daily natural disasters etc,and u stil think we not in the dark ages still?

      Gorden Norman - 2012-12-09 18:26

      Its called WAR ON TERROR and it is truly justified by the barbaric acts of terror you and you religion carry out on innocents. NOT FREEDOM FIGHTERS just plain terrorists.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 18:54

      Typical Moslem pattern: step 1; attack powerful country, step 2; lose; step3: whine about imperialists. Step 4: sell your 12 year old daughter so you can buy someone else's.

      ft.burhaak - 2012-12-09 19:15

      @averemel your perception of muslims is destorted.And 9/11 is just the scapegoat ,it was guys like Madoff and the crooked banking system that attacked and damaged the US.I dont have the faintest idea how bombing Afghans in tribal and rural areas will resolve the US banking disaster.Madoff and the corrupt bankers were bigger terrorist then bin Laden and al Qaeda,and it was people like them that harmed the US the most.Now US wants to bomb innocent people 10000 kms away who had nothing to do with stealing the money of average Americans.

      Fishlus - 2012-12-09 19:31

      You cannot call the demand for oil a crusade if you had bothered to ignore your own narrow predjudices you would understand that that a crusade is based on a narrow religous belief To claim that global warming is a crusade against Islam shows that your IQ is no different to the knights who undertook the crusades with the belief that they would be rewarded by God for their actions(sounds like a jihadist doesn't it) World economic meltdown - greed not racism or anti Islam Climate change funnily enough is driven by Arab greed(the sale of oil and the refusal to drive alternatives because this would mean a loss of revenue) - Oh I forgot, most Arabs are Muslims so with that reasoning your Arab brothers have embarked on a crusade against themselves if I am to take your word for it Man is inherently greedy and selfish and this has nothing to do with the world disagreeing with Islam If you are anti jew/israeli then you are a racist bigot and anti semite by definition The only niave person here is yourself because you refuse to accept that the world does not stand against you and you are determined to bring it crashing down around you much like a child having a destructive tantrum Your indoctrination makes you stupid and incapable of contributing to society in a positive manner - for you that would be to strap a bomb to your chest and go and blow yourself up at a school, but then again people like you do not have the conviction of their beliefs and are ggenerally known as cowards

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 19:36

      @ft, look at every Muslim country, how many are fundamentalist dictatorships with no women's rights? Did you not read the article? They were not farmers, they were Taliban kidnappers. You complain about western imperialism, Islam, spread from Arabia to half of Asia and Africa by the sword, what is that if not imperialism? I advise you research the Islamic control of the Indian subcontinent in the Middle Ages before you preach more.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 20:54

      You never forced anyone? What do you call al shabaab and Nigeria? Islamists killed 80million people on their attempt to islamify India. It has always been the religion of the sword, then you attack someone stronger than you and complain when they retaliate.

      ft.burhaak - 2012-12-09 22:25

      The notion that people are being killed for not being muslim,or not accepting Islam is conspired by the anti Islam propagandists who have a major stakehold in world media.Rather make ur gullibility ur problem and not others.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-09 22:29

      So where do you get your version of history from, your imam?

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