December 10, 2012
Hostage Rescue Costs SEAL His Life
At approximately 4:30pm MST on December 8, 2012, Morning Star Development confirmed that the third and final member of a Morning Star staff team had been freed from captivity after being kidnapped at about 3:30pm local (Afghanistan) time on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. This third member, Mr. Joseph of Colorado Springs, CO, was successfully rescued from his captors by members of the United States armed forces.Even nicer that there are folks who will go into harms way in order to save their naive asses.
An elite U.S. special forces team rescued an American doctor who had been abducted in Afghanistan, but lost one of their own members in the mission, officials said.Sigh.....
A U.S. official said the man who was shot dead belonged to the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, more commonly known as SEAL Team Six. The elite unit is the same one that took part in the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but the official didn't know if the fallen service member was involved in that operation.
While he did not delve into detail, Panetta said, "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."
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8, while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan. Checque was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit.Hat Tip: Webradius.