US mayor killed while fighting in Afghanistan

Aaron Brown
November 5, 2018

The mayor of a Utah city until his deployment was identified as the USA servicemember killed after what North Atlantic Treaty Organisation called an "apparent insider attack" in Afghanistan.

Brent Taylor, a major with the Utah Army National Guard, was identified as the servicemember killed, according to a Facebook post by North Ogden City Councilman Phillip Swanson.

Friends and colleagues are confirming the death of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was deployed with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan. "I'm struggling for words". We must rally around his 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.

Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard. "I will be assigned to serve on an advisory team training the staff of an Afghan commando battalion".

It said the incident was being investigated and the wounded service member was in a stable condition, but did not release the identity of the service member who had been killed.

Reports indicated the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and that the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan forces, the NATO-led Resolute Support coalition said.

Afghan security force members inspect at the site of an attack in Kabul.

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The Brigham Young University graduate returned to Afghanistan in January after serving two tours of duty during the Iraq War and one in Afghanistan. Lee wrote, "Utahns who never had the privilege of meeting Brent will learn what kind of man North Ogden and the Taylor family have lost, and will join them in grieving his tragic loss".

His death was the latest in a series of so-called insider attacks - killings carried out by members of Afghan forces trained by U.S. and Coalition troops.

"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", he said. "His service will always be remembered".

U.S. Forces Afghanistan announced that the attack occurred Saturday local time in Kabul, the country's capital. I just can't say enough good enough about him.

Taylor on Saturday evening, via Twitter posts. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

Hundreds of residents of North Ogden lined the street to see him off as police escorted him and his family around North Ogden, a community of about 17,000.

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