A Defense Department statement says the 28-year-old Checque died of combat-related injuries but gave no further details of the mission. He was among members of SEAL Team Six, which freed Colorado Springs relief worker, Dilip Joseph, who was abducted by the Taliban last week.
It is the same team that killed Osama bin Laden last year, but it's unclear whether Checque was on the bin Laden mission.
Officials in Afghanistan say Joseph was rescued in eastern Afghanistan. The military says the adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development was abducted last week and rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.
Executive Director Lars Peterson said Monday Joseph was not hurt in the incident and hopes to have him home by this weekend.
In a statement Peterson offered his condolences for Checque's death.
Peterson said Joseph has worked for Morning Star for three years and frequently traveled to Afghanistan to host medical clinics. The organization says he had been in the country for about three weeks when he was kidnapped.
Morning Star Development confirmed that the third and final member of a Morning Star staff team had been freed from captivity after being kidnapped at about 3:30pm local (Afghanistan) time on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. This third member, Mr. Joseph of Colorado Springs, CO, was successfully rescued from his captors by members of the United States armed forces. Click here to read the statement from Morning Star.
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