A US Navy SEAL was killed on 8th December during a mission to rescue kidnapped American doctor, Dilip Joseph. The hostage was successfully rescued.
In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said that in carrying out the raid in eastern Afghanistan, the commando team had shown "the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free."
The US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in the pre-dawn raid that was launched when intelligence showed that the hostage was in "imminent danger of injury or death", NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
The US Department of Defense later named the serviceman as Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque.