US Soldier Killed In Kabul Had Been A Utah Mayor

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

KABUL, Afghanistan-American military officials say a member of the Utah National Guard has been killed in an apparent "insider attack" in the capital of Afghanistan. A member of the Utah National Guard and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, Maj. 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.

"Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend", U.S. Sen. Hatch wrote. "News of his death in Afghanistan is devastating". My prayers and love are with Jennie and his seven young children.

"What we do for our country is very unsafe business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said.

"Major Brent Taylor was killed in Afghanistan this morning", he said on a Facebook page. "He is well-liked by everyone in North Ogden and everybody loves his family", he said. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. "We must rally around his family", he added.

That he was killed in an insider attack was "additionally bitter for us", Burton said. "I wish them all the comfort and courage to face the hard days ahead".

Taylor, 39, took an unprecedented one-year leave of absence from his post as mayor for his deployment to Afghanistan in January. "Service is really what leadership is all about".

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This is the latest in a series of apparent insider attacks in Afghanistani in recent months. Taylor was the eighth American killed in action in the country this year.

The attacker was reportedly posing as a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, which US officials have hoped can take over battling terror groups in the region in the coming years.

The statement, issued by officials with Operation Resolute Support - the main us and NATO-led training mission Afghanistan - declined to officially comment where the attack took place or what unit the attacker was attached to. The wounded service member, whose injuries were not described, remains there receiving medical treatment, and is in stable condition, officials said.

The incident is under investigation.

Taylor leaves behind a wife and seven children.

The Tribune reported that on the day of his deployment in mid-January, North Ogden police escorted Taylor and his family around town as hundreds of residents lined the streets to see him off.

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