(Image source: WWGP)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

The U.S. Navy SEALs lost a member over the weekend. 28-year-old Petty Officer First Class Nicolas Checque was killed by a single shot to the head.

WCAU: “The SEAL team was rescuing an American doctor who works with the nonprofit company, Morning Star development, of Colorado Springs. The doctor was kidnapped by the taliban last wednesday. The SEALS rescued the doctor early yesterday morning.”

FOX NEWS: “We have a picture of the doctor whose life was saved. He is Dylan Joseph, a native of Colorado. He was in Afghanistan for humanitarian work when he was kidnapped by the Taliban...”

In a statement President Obama called Checque’s service “selfless,” while Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he embodied the “highest ideals of citizenship and sacrifice.”

The operation to free the doctor resulted in the deaths of seven alleged Taliban militants — and was a joint operation of U.S. and Afghan forces. But CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield notes, that the doctor was even being held had slipped under the radar before the operation. Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence says that’s actually pretty standard.

CNN: “A lot of times, they will not publicize a kidnapping while they are still sorting out the particulars or trying to ascertain whether they might launch a rescue mission. It often does more harm than good to put it out there...”

As for the organization with which the doctor was in Afghanistan, Morning Star Development says it’s mission is helping the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country and their lives by offering practical hope and resources.”

According to NBC News, Petty Officer 1st Class Checque was a 10-year veteran who had been awarded the Bronze Star. He was from Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Navy SEAL Killed in Afghanistan Doctor Rescue

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Dec 10, 2012

Navy SEAL Killed in Afghanistan Doctor Rescue

(Image source: WWGP)

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

The U.S. Navy SEALs lost a member over the weekend. 28-year-old Petty Officer First Class Nicolas Checque was killed by a single shot to the head.

WCAU: “The SEAL team was rescuing an American doctor who works with the nonprofit company, Morning Star development, of Colorado Springs. The doctor was kidnapped by the taliban last wednesday. The SEALS rescued the doctor early yesterday morning.”

FOX NEWS: “We have a picture of the doctor whose life was saved. He is Dylan Joseph, a native of Colorado. He was in Afghanistan for humanitarian work when he was kidnapped by the Taliban...”

In a statement President Obama called Checque’s service “selfless,” while Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he embodied the “highest ideals of citizenship and sacrifice.”

The operation to free the doctor resulted in the deaths of seven alleged Taliban militants — and was a joint operation of U.S. and Afghan forces. But CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield notes, that the doctor was even being held had slipped under the radar before the operation. Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence says that’s actually pretty standard.

CNN: “A lot of times, they will not publicize a kidnapping while they are still sorting out the particulars or trying to ascertain whether they might launch a rescue mission. It often does more harm than good to put it out there...”

As for the organization with which the doctor was in Afghanistan, Morning Star Development says it’s mission is helping the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country and their lives by offering practical hope and resources.”

According to NBC News, Petty Officer 1st Class Checque was a 10-year veteran who had been awarded the Bronze Star. He was from Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

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