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Daring Special Ops rescue in Afghanistan: Why was kidnapped doc kept secret? (+video)

On Sunday, Special Operations Forces rescued a doctor held by the Taliban. Few Americans even knew a doctor had been kidnapped in Afghanistan – and that was by design.

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The news that American doctor Dilip Joseph was rescued by US Special Operations Forces in a raid on a Taliban hideout Sunday came as a surprise to many who were unaware that the insurgent group was even holding a US hostage. 

The rescue operation was launched when US military officials gathered intelligence that convinced them that Dr. Joseph was “in imminent danger of injury or death,” according to a US military spokesperson.

A member of the US Special Operations Forces rescue team was injured during the raid and later died. “The special operators who conducted this raid knew they were putting their lives on the line to free a fellow American from the enemy’s grip,” said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, expressing his condolences.

Because of the danger of these operations, it’s little wonder that the already highly-secretive Special Operations Forces community – including SEAL Team 6 and other groups who conduct these rescue missions – like to keep all of the details under wraps.

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