Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan in suspected 'insider attack'

A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul

Gen. Jefferson S. Burton lamented the death of the guardsman and mayor of North Ogden who was killed in an insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Brent Taylor, had taken leave from his position to serve with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan and had been part of an advisory team training staff in an Afghan commando battalion in Kabul. Taylor resigned from the mayor's office before he went overseas, the Standard-Examiner of Ogden reported.

Taylor became the city's mayor in 2013.

"Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend", U.S. Sen.

Against this grim backdrop, Gen Austin Scott Miller, the newly-minted head of United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation operations in Afghanistan, admitted last week that the war against the Taliban "is not going to be won militarily", but would require a "political solution". My prayers and love are with Jennie and his seven young children. "His service will always be remembered".

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 love them and hope they will feel the love and support of all of us in North Ogden".

Additional information will be released as appropriate, officials said.

In a statement Saturday, Herbert called Taylor a "brave and selfless soldier", the Salt Lake Tribune reported. "We must rally around his family", he added. "It's bitter", Burton said, according to The Associated Press. "I wish them all the comfort and courage to face the hard days ahead".

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Taylor, 39, was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty.

Mayor Brent Taylor was identified as the servicemember killed, according to a Facebook post by North Ogden City Councilman Phillip Swanson. "Service is really what leadership is all about".

Saturday's tragic death marks the eighth American KIA this year.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has recently pledged to step up training of Afghan troops to prevent further similar attacks.

A statement from a spokeswoman for the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support says the attacker was a member of the Afghan security forces and that initial reports indicate the assailant was immediately killed by other Afghan forces.

Sgt. 1st Class Debra Richardson, a Resolute Support spokeswoman, said Saturday in a statement that another USA service member was wounded in the attack.

RS also said the incident was under investigation. "I love Mayor Taylor, his fantastic wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids".

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