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A U.S. doctor who had been abducted by the Taliban five days ago has been rescued in eastern Afghanistan.

In a statement, NATO-led forces said Dilip Joseph had been captured by Taliban fighters on December 5 outside the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The mission to rescue him early on December 9 was ordered after information showed that Joseph was "in imminent danger of injury or death."

General John Allen, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said the rescue was carried out by U.S. and Afghan forces.

No other details of the rescue operation were immediately available.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters