A US Navy SEAL was killed in Sunday’s rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor kidnapped by the Taliban, the White House said.

“Our special operators in Afghanistan rescued an American citizen in a mission that was characteristic of the extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism that our troops show every day,” the White House said in a statement.

“Tragically, we lost one of our special operators in this effort. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, just as we must always honor our troops and military families.”

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