LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A member of a U.S. special operations team has been killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban outside of Kabul five days ago.

President Barack Obama praised the special forces on Sunday, saying the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops' 'extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism.'

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan says Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued early Sunday, local time, in eastern Afghanistan. The military says Joseph, a medical adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development, was rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.

In a statement, Obama says of the fallen soldier 'He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free.'

In a separate statement, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says, 'In this fallen hero, and all of our special operators, Americans see the highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service upheld.'

Read or Share this story: http://www.wvec.com/story/news/2014/09/08/14792560/