SEAL Team Six Member Dies in Daring Rescue From Taliban
Troops free kidnapped American doctor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Updated Dec 10, 2012 12:13 PM CST
US troops fly over open desert in this Oct. 11, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

(Newser) – A member of Seal Team Six died during a daring rescue mission in Afghanistan yesterday, in which special forces successfully freed an American doctor from the Taliban. "He gave his life for his fellow Americans," President Obama said in praising the man, while Leon Panetta called him a "fallen hero." He was later identified as Pennsylvania native Nicholas Checque, a Petty Officer 1st Class with an "East Coast-based Special Warfare Unit." A source tells CNN that unit is Seal Team Six, though he couldn’t say if Checque had helped kill Osama bin Laden.

Dr. Dilip Joseph was captured five days ago, along with two other workers from the Morning Star relief group, the AP reports. While NATO says their captors were Taliban militants, Afghan leaders say they were smugglers. Whoever they were, negotiators were able to convince them to release Joseph's two compatriots about 11 hours before the raid. But the Pentagon opted to launch a rescue mission, which it described as "a combined operation of US and Afghan forces," when intelligence indicated that Joseph's captors were on the verge of harming him.

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Imhotep
Dec 10, 2012 2:55 PM CST
Now don't go on a mission to save the souls of those fanatical Muslims. If you get yourself caught by the Taliban you might as well consider yourself dead. The government doesn't do anything like this unless your of some very special strategic value to them. Not because your a missionary trying to convert fanatics to Christianity or you call yourself Doctor. As far as being an honest to goodness goof ball dumb ass missionary preaching Christianity to fanatical Muslems, the government could care less if you want to commit suicide.
MattB
Dec 10, 2012 12:48 PM CST
RIP brother, may the light always shine on your face & light your path & may the dark forever be at your back.
Observer
Dec 10, 2012 12:34 PM CST
He must be CIA or they would not have gone to this trouble or expense. A lot of the CIA are Evangelical fanatics, (Bible-thumpers) that believe God will prevail. (Most people would laugh at their imaginary beliefs.)