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Why was doctor kidnapping in Afghanistan kept secret?
News about the rescue of American doctor Dilip Joseph by US Special Operations Forces in a raid on a Taliban hideout Sunday surprised many who were unaware that the terrorist insurgent group was even holding a US hostage.

The operation was launched when US military officials gathered intelligence that Dr. Joseph was "in imminent danger of injury or death". A member of the special ops rescue team was wounded during the raid and later died. Expressing his condolences, Defense Secretary Leon 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."

It's little wonder that the Special Operations Forces community like to keep all of the details under wraps. But why is it so important to keep even the identity of the kidnapping victim, including the fact that anyone was kidnapped at all, secret?
Posted by:ryuge

#4  They had to exfil a spook?
The doc worked his way in to a high priority asset/target?
Posted by: Skidmark   2012-12-11 12:54  

#3  I think the Obama administration didn't want to publically admit that the Taliban were still a viable source of opposition...

From Threat Matrix: Ten days ago, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta claimed that the green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghan security personnel are killing Coalition forces, were evidence of the "last gasp" of the Taliban.
September 27, 2012 1:12 PM
Posted by: juandos   2012-12-11 12:03  

#2  Success has many fathers....?
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-12-11 03:00  

#1  Yes, because they wanted the rescue mission to work.

Next question?
Posted by: gromky   2012-12-11 00:28