Another Apparent Afghan Insider Attack Kills US Service Member

Frederick Owens
November 4, 2018

USA officials added that the incident is under investigation.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the "green-on-blue" attack - in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on worldwide soldiers with whom they are working.

Friends and colleagues are confirming the death of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was deployed with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Burton were scheduled to speak to the media on Sunday afternoon.

Calling Brent Taylor "a man of excellence", Utah National Guard Maj.

This year, at least three U.S. military personnel have been killed in "green-on-blue" attacks. On Oct. 18, an insider attack in Kandahar led to the death of two top Afghan security officials and also wounded Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley, the top USA general in southern Afghanistan.

Last month on his 15th wedding anniversary, Taylor penned a post on Facebook about his "rock star wife", who he said had been "superwoman through birthing and raising seven children, and through four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan".

Local media and politicians identified the US servicemember killed in Afghanistan in an insider attack Saturday as Maj.

A statement from the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said another USA service member was wounded in the attack.

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

State and city leaders, including Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and GOP Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, praised Taylor's service and courage Saturday night on social media, as his constituents posted their remembrances of a mayor who was always available to them.

Taylor leaves behind a wife and seven children, and a town that grieves their popular mayor.

Taylor had left his position in North Ogden, a city of around 17,000 people about 45 miles (70 km) north of Salt Lake City, earlier this year to serve in Afghanistan.

First reports indicate Afghan Forces killed the attacker.

Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos.

His last Facebook post, on October 28, highlighted a successful election in Afghanistan.

"I hate this", Cox wrote. "We feel blessed to have had him as our mayor".

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