SPECIAL OPERATIONS: Navy SEAL Killed in Afghan Rescue Mission

December 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Rescue Raid

A U.S. Navy SEAL has been killed in an operation to rescue an American doctor kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan.

The Defense Department identified the SEAL killed in the weekend raid as Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

An official statement said Checque died “of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8, while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan.”

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque is shown in an undated family photo. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8 while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque is shown in an undated family photo. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8 supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan.

CNN, NPR and other news outlets that Checque was a member of SEAL Team 6, the fabled special operations unit that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout last year. It was not known if Checque, who had been a SEAL since 2004, took part in the bin Laden raid.

Checque was killed during the mission to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Joseph a medical adviser to the Colorado Springs based aid group Morning Star Development, was kidnapped Dec. 5 near the Sarobi district of Afghanistan’s Kabul province. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan said the three men were kidnapped by the Taliban. But CNN says local Afghan officials said the men were kidnapped by smugglers. The other two men, who were not identified, were released about 11 hours before the raid after protracted negotiations. here were conflicting reports about whether ransom was paid to release the men.

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan ordered the rescue mission when intelligence reports indicated Joseph was in imminent danger of injury or death. ISAF officials said it was a joint Afghan-U.S. rescue operation.

“Tragically, we lost one of our special operators in this effort,” President Barack Obama said in a statement issued by the White House. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Obama said, adding: :He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong and safe and free.”

“Our relief in the safe rescue of Mr. Joseph is now tempered by our deep grief over the loss of this true hero,” Morning Star said in a statement from its headquarters in Colorado. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family and to his fellow team members. We want them to know that we will always be grateful for this sacrifice and that we will honor that sacrifice in any way we can,” Morning Star added.

U.S. Navy Special Warfare Trident insignia worn by Navy SEALS. (U.S. Navy file photo)

U.S. Navy Special Warfare Trident insignia worn by Navy SEALS.
(U.S. Navy file photo)

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