Indian-American doc rescued from Taliban will return to the US

After being rescued in a daring military operation from Taliban captivity, Indian-American Dr Dilip Joseph, involved in training local medical professionals in Afghanistan, is set to return home.

Joseph's employers, Colorado-based Morning Star Development, insisted it did not pay any ransom to the Taliban for the release of the doctor, who worked with it for the last three years and has been a frequent traveller to Afghanistan.

He would soon return to his Colorado home, they said. "Dilip Joseph is still in Afghanistan and will be coming back soon," Morning Star Development executive director Lars Peterson told PTI.

"He oversees our medical clinics in Afghanistan... I have not spoken to him since last week so I don't know much more about his condition."

The family of Joseph was not available for comment. "His family is asking for privacy at this time," he said.

The US Navy SEAL who was killed in Sunday's rescue mission that freed the doctor was identified as Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, the Defence Department said.

Chechque died of combat-related injuries. He was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.

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