Utahns grieve for mayor killed in Afghanistan in 'apparent insider attack'

Utahns grieve for mayor killed in Afghanistan in 'apparent insider attack'

Utahns grieve for mayor killed in Afghanistan in 'apparent insider attack'

Multiple sources have reported that one American service man was killed and a second wounded in what was characterized as an insider attack carried out by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

Operation Resolute Support said in a news release Saturday it is investigating the incident, which is suspected of being carried out by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

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

Both U.S. service members were evacuated from the scene to Bagram Airfield.

This latest attack is now under investigation, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said, adding that additional information would be released as appropriate.

Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard.

This year, at least three USA military personnel have been killed in "green-on-blue" attacks.

The Utah National Guard has not officially named Taylor as the service member who was killed, but a spokeswoman confirmed it will make the announcement on Sunday.

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Taylor leaves behind his wife, Jennie, and seven children. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Taylor told his constituents, "Serving as the mayor of North Ogden city has been one of the greatest honors of my life and the highlight of my civilian professional career". Another soldier from the SFAB was killed in July, also in an insider attack.

Afghan security force members inspect at the site of an attack in Kabul.

Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos. During a 2007 deployment in Iraq, Taylor and his wife Jennie led an effort that collected $75,000 worth of humanitarian aid items from Utah residents that Taylor distributed to rural Iraqi villages. "His service will always be remembered".

"We are devastated by the loss of our mayor and friend, Brent Taylor", according to a statement on the North Ogden City Facebook page.

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

'"United we stand, divided we fall".

As of last week, 2,401 US military personnel have been killed and 20,422 have been wounded since the beginning of the Afghan War in October 2001.

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