Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

USA armed forces member killed in Afghanistan insider attack

USA armed forces member killed in Afghanistan insider attack

US politicians and media are reporting that the service member killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, was the 39-year-old mayor of a city in the state of Utah.

Utah National Guard officials will be holding a news conference to release more details about the death of Brent Taylor, North Ogden mayor and major in Utah's Army National Guard.

The Utah National Guard has identified the service member killed as a member of the Guard. "I'm struggling for words". We must rally around his sweet family'. Taylor served on the North Ogden City Council starting in 2009, and became mayor in 2013, according to his biography on the city website.

Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, told reporters that Taylor's mission was to help train and build the capacity of the Afghan national army.

The officials say another USA service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack in Kabul on Saturday, Nov. 3.

"These reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces", the statement said.

Afghan security force members inspect at the site of an attack in Kabul. The Fox affiliate reported that Taylor had been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times in the past.

"There are three great loyalties that have guided my life and everything in it: God, family and country", Taylor said then.

"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", Taylor wrote. Just last month, an insider attack where Gen. Scott Miller, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, was present, killed a key Afghan general and wounded an American one-star general. "He is just one of the good guys, who had an incredibly bright future ahead of him".

The Facebook posts, which showed photos of Taylor while deployed, were an example of the way in which he kept people connected, residents said.

Friends described Taylor as a passionate and outgoing mayor who was continually looking for new ways to serve his country and his state.

'As the US gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote.

'"United we stand, divided we fall". "His service to his community is going to be remembered forever".

Taylor regularly posted on a Facebook page he had created for residents to communicate with him following his election past year, residents said.

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