President Barack Obama is praising U.S. special operations forces, including one who was killed in action, for the rescue of an American citizen who was being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Obama said the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops' "extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism."
A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued Sunday in eastern Afghanistan. Joseph was abducted by the Taliban five days earlier.
Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, says American and Afghan forces planned, rehearsed and successfully conducted the operation. Allen said "Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones."
The statement did not say where Joseph is from, or whether he was harmed in captivity.
No other details of the rescue operation were immediately available.