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Rescued Colorado Springs doctor back in the U.S.

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 22 2012 10:55:01 PM CST

An American aid doctor from Colorado who was abducted in Afghanistan is offering sympathy to the family of a Navy SEAL who died in the operation to rescue him.

Sailor Nicolas Checque was killed in the mission to free Dr. Dilip Joseph.

Morning Star Development, a Colorado Springs nonprofit where Joseph works, said yesterday Joseph is back in the U.S.

""I would like to take this moment to thank the U.S. and Afghan forces for putting their lives on the line to rescue me," said Joseph through a statement. "I can appreciate the difficulty of this particular operation and deeply value the sacrifice of one of their own servicemen for the success of this mission."

Joseph was was abducted on Dec. 5 along with two other Morning Star workers from Afghanistan and rescued Dec. 8.

The two other unnamed workers were released several hours before the covert operation to free Joseph. The Pentagon has said military intelligence suggested that the Taliban group that took Joseph was ready to move him across the border to Pakistan, which would have made the operation much more difficult. They also believed his life was in danger.