Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Utah Mayor Killed In ‘Insider Attack’ While Serving In Afghanistan

Utah Mayor Killed In ‘Insider Attack’ While Serving In Afghanistan

According to CBS, another American soldier was wounded in the attack.

The mayor of a small Utah city was killed Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan in small arms fire while serving in the Army National Guard.

North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson confirmed that Taylor passed away Saturday. The one paying tribute to Taylor has now become a memorial, as the city mourns a fallen soldier who was also their beloved mayor.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he is heartbroken the death of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor during an attack in Afghanistan while he was serving with the state's National Guard. Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty.

Chugg told NPR that he was devastated to learn yesterday that Taylor had been killed.

When Taylor left Utah for Afghanistan, North Ogden schoolchildren lined the streets and cheered for him as he waved from a motorcade.

In a press release, the Utah National Guard said an unnamed guardsman was killed in Kabul Saturday in "an apparent insider attack" by an Afghan soldier. Taylor had been supporting special operations forces in the region.

"Per Department of Defense policy, the name of the deceased service member will be released 24 hours after next of kin notification", the statement said.

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Taylor is the 38th USA military member killed in action in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2015.

The two USA service members were medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield.

"It's a deliberate tactic on their part to kill people like Mayor Taylor and to try to therefore affect American will", O'Hanlon said.

"They love the man". Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. He accomplished some great projects here. "I consider him one of the greatest examples and what a mentor is and of what leadership should be".

Other Utah politicians shared their sorrow about the news.

But Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox wrote on his Facebook page that Taylor, 39, has been killed.

"On behalf of Major Brent Taylor's family-his wife Jennie; his children Megan (13), Lincoln (11), Alex (9), Jacob (7), Ellie (5), Jonathan (2), and Caroline (11 months); along with his parents, siblings and other family members-we would like to express our honest appreciation for the outpouring of love and support during this unspeakably hard time". Utah weeps for them today. "Seeing that, not through the news media, but through his own experiences, really personalized it for so many of us in this now eternal war that we're continuing to fight". We must rally around his family.

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