Saturday, 17 November, 2018

US Soldier Killed In Kabul Had Been A Utah Mayor

A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul Apparent insider attack in Afghanistan kills US service member, wounds another
Andrew Cummings | 05 November, 2018, 05:35

North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor died Saturday in an apparent "insider attack" in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

The Utah National Guard has identified the service member as Mayor of North Ogden, Brent Taylor, North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson confirmed on Saturday.

Taylor's death was mourned by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who wrote that the Afghan war "has once again cost us the best blood of a generation".

"We are devastated by the loss of our Mayor and friend, Brent Taylor", the city said on its Facebook page.

"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.

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Taylor became mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people 46 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2013. The injured individual was medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield, where they are in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

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. Indeed, Burton underscored the fact that other Afghan forces killed the suspect who had fired on Taylor with "small arms fire".

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. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. "I love Mayor Taylor, his incredible wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids". As well as being able to position infiltrators within regular Afghan units, the terror group has expanded its presence in recent months and now controls or influences just over half of the country's 407 districts, according to USA military estimates. Taylor also served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. "His service will always be remembered".

The Facebook posts, which showed photos of Taylor while deployed, were an example of the way in which he kept people connected, residents said.

In his last Facebook post, dated October 28, Taylor quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt - "In the truest sense, freedom can not be bestowed; it must be achieved" - and spoke with pride about witnessing Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years, despite threats of violence. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

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