Transcript for Navy SEAL Dies in Afghanistan Rescue Mission
The navy s.E.A.L. Who died in afghanistan. The mission successfully freed a doctor who was part of a faith-based relief group. The price, a member of s.E.A.L. Team 6. And abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz tells us now about the decision to send in the best. Reporter: Nicolas checque was just 28 years old, but for much of the last decade he had been a navy s.E.A.L. The last five years, a part of the elite s.E.A.L. Team 6. In iraq, afghanistan, wherever he was needed, checque carried out dangerous missions. Just like the one that took his life on sunday. It was just before 3:00 a.M. When checque and his team, along with afghan commandos, loaded into helicopters and headed in the to a remote mountaintop location in eastern afghanistan. Down below, taliban fighters were holding dilip joseph, a relief worker and father of four from colorado, kidnapped leaving a rural medical clinic just days before. The hard charging highly trained s.E.A.L. Team moved in quickly, to a group of huts where joseph was being held. Gun fire broke out. Joseph was rescued. But the young navy s.E.A.L. Took a bull let to the head. The decision to go in so quickly was made by the top commander in afghanistan, general john allen, who thought joseph was in immediate danger. The race was on. At that point, they knew if they couldn't get him before he was taken over the border, into pakistan, that it would be almost impossible to rescue him. Reporter: There have been hundreds of successful missions BY THE S.E.A.L.s, INCLUDING THE Raid that killed osama bin laden. But the missions remain unpredictable and dangerous, as defense secretary leon panetta said today. "The special on rail or thes knew they were pulling their lives on the line." The former hostage will like little return to the u.S. By this weekend. His family issued a statement tonight, exand thing their deepest condolences and gralt tuesday to all those involved in the mission. Diane? Thank you so much, martha raddatz reporting in.
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