Kidnapped Reporter Stephen Farrell Freed; Afghan Aide Killed

In Britain, Prime Minister Gordon Brown sent condolences to the commandos' and Munadi's families.

"This operation was carried out after extensive planning and consideration," he said in a statement. "Those involved knew the high risks they were running. That they undertook it in such circumstances showed breathtaking heroism."

While the criticism in Britain was not as loud as the criticism in Afghanistan, an article about the incident on The Times of London Web site did spark some angry comments.

"This is absolutely disgraceful that a soldier has to put his life at risk in an effort to save someone who shouldn't be there," wrote someone identified as KC. "Journalists are not military personnel so therefore should not be anywhere near war zones. Get them all out and let the military do their job."

Following that comment, dozens of people defended the idea of the raid, arguing Farrell, who was a dual British-Irish national, was worth trying to save.

While much of the attention and military focus in Afghanistan has been on the volatile provinces in the east and south of the country, the northern province of Kunduz has become a flash point of violence since NATO began using it as a supply line.

German troops stationed there said they are coping with more attacks, and the governor of Kunduz said as much of a third of his province was now controlled by the Taliban.

Like other media outlets, ABC News did not report on Farrell's abduction until he was freed. The Times requested the media blackout, saying it would increase the changes Farrell would survive the incident.

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