Utahns grieve for mayor killed in Afghanistan in ‘apparent insider attack’

Utahns grieve for mayor killed in Afghanistan in ‘apparent insider attack’

A contingent from the North Ogden area traveled Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, to Draper for the press conference on the death of Brent Taylor, a Utah Army National Guard major killed in Afghanistan who had served as North Ogden mayor.

"This is unbelievably tragic". 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. "His pictures and descriptions gave me a deeper understanding of our military's service and sacrifice". From right to left in the foreground, North Ogden City Councilman Phillip Swanson, North Ogden City Attorney Jon Call and Toby Mileski of Pleasant View.

"We are devastated by the loss of our mayor and friend, Brent Taylor", according to a statement on the North Ogden City Facebook page. "I love Mayor Taylor, his wonderful wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids".

The assailant was a member of the Afghan security forces who was immediately killed by other Afghan forces, the statement said. Previously, he served 12 years as an officer in the United States Army National Guard, including seven years on active duty, as well as two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Taylor in 2013 became mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people 46 miles (74 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City. He was the father of seven children. Indeed, Burton underscored the fact that other Afghan forces killed the suspect who had fired on Taylor with "small arms fire".

The officials say another US service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack in Kabul on Saturday, Nov. 3. Another soldier from the SFAB was killed in July, also in an insider attack.

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"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.

Instead, Taylor was gunned down in an "apparent insider attack" in Kabul on Saturday.

Major Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. "That's important to note because, believe me, they were hurt as well", Burton said.

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

The threat from the Taliban is compounded by the presence of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) terrorist group, made up of mostly Pakistani Talibs who have pledged loyalty to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), and by Al-Qaeda operatives.

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