Another Apparent Afghan Insider Attack Kills US Service Member

Apparent insider attack in Afghanistan kills US service member, wounds another

The Department of Defense identified the USA servicemember killed in Afghanistan in an insider attack Saturday as Maj.

The death of Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden and a member of the Utah National Guard, was confirmed by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who posted a tribute on Facebook.

"North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was killed today while serving in Afghanistan", Cox wrote on his Facebook page.

"The entire Herbert family mourns with this soldier's family and we pray that their burdens may be lifted, and that the hearts of all Utahns will reach out to comfort them in their grief", the governor added. He was elected to the City Council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became the full-time mayor in 2013, according to the city council 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.

In his last entry two weeks before his death, Taylor uploaded photos of a ruck march with both US troops and Afghan security forces members.

Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and he was immediately killed by other Afghan forces.




This is being seen as the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack, in which members of the Afghan forces have killed United States or coalition soldiers.

Additional information will be released as appropriate, officials said. "We love them and hope they will feel the love and support of all of us in North Ogden". When he deployed in January, several hundred North Ogden residents lined the streets to wish him a fond farewell, not knowing that they would never see their mayor again.

The local police chief was killed in that attack, which was later claimed by the Taliban.

"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", he said. "I consider him one of the greatest examples and what a mentor is and of what leadership should be".

Last month, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, escaped unhurt when the bodyguard of a provincial governor opened fire on a group of USA and Afghan officials in the southern province of Kandahar.

"As the U.S. gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote", Taylor wrote. "His service will always be remembered", Hatch said.

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