Utah mayor killed during military service in Afghanistan

Pauline Gross
November 4, 2018

USA officials added that the incident is under investigation. Afghan security forces members immediately killed the attacker.

Friends and colleagues are confirming the death of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was deployed with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton of the Utah National Guard plan to speak with reporters at noon Sunday local time at the state Guard's headquarters, FOX 13 reported.

Taylor served as mayor and city administrator, as he felt he could save the city money by working two positions, said Johnson, who worked with Taylor on various community volunteering projects. But months away from his return, Taylor was killed during an apparent insider attack Saturday in Kabul.

The name of the deceased service member will be released 24 hours after their next of kin has been notified.

Taylor, 39, was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty.

The US service member killed in an apparent insider attack in Kabul on Saturday had been the mayor of North Ogden in Utah.

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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.

"What we do for our country is very risky business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said. In their marriage, they had endured five years apart during four of Taylor's deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he wrote.

According to the Washington Post, Taylor was killed when a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on us forces in an apparent "insider attack". He is survived by his wife, Jennie, and their seven children.

Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos. Taylor served on the North Ogden City Council starting in 2009, and became mayor in 2013, according to his biography on the city website.

His most recent Facebook post was about the recent elections in Afghanistan.

A week ago, Taylor urged Americans to vote in Tuesday's congressional elections, saying he hoped "whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us". "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

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