Colo. Springs doctor rescued from Taliban back with family in U.S.

Dr. Dilip Joseph (Courtesy: YouTube)

Dr. Dilip Joseph (Courtesy: YouTube)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The American doctor who was rescued by coalition forces after being abducted in Afghanistan has returned the U.S. to spend time with his family.

Colorado Springs Dr. Dilip Joseph also offered sympathy to the family of the fallen Navy SEAL who died during the mission to rescue him. Dilip was abducted on Dec. 5, and was rescued in eastern Afghanistan on Dec. 8.

Morning Star Development, the nonprofit group Joseph works for, issued a statement Friday saying that Dr. Joseph was back in the U.S. and is now with his family.

Joseph also thanked Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, who died during the

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, died Saturday during the effort to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, the Navy said.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, died during the effort to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, the Navy said.

operation to save his life.

“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,” Joseph said.

“My heart goes out to the family of the fallen hero for his service, commitment and courage. He will remain a legacy for me and my family for generations to come.”

Checque was a member of the Navy’s Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, the elite unit that took part in the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Morning Star said Joseph was not giving interviews because of ongoing security issues.

Read Joseph’s full statement on Morning Star’s website here.