Utah mayor, a National Guard member, is killed by trainee in Afghanistan


Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general.

Hundreds of residents of North Ogden lined the street to see him off as police escorted him and his family around North Ogden, a community of about 17,000.

Taylor regularly posted on a Facebook page he had created for residents to communicate with him following his election past year, residents said.

North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor has died while serving in the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan, North Ogden officials say.

Taylor previously served two tours of duty in Iraq as a convoy security commander and then as an adviser to the Iraqi intelligence agency, according to a city council biography.

Taylor became the city's mayor in 2013. "Very forward-thinking. He accomplished great things for our city".

Taylor deployed in January as part of an advisory team to train members of an Afghan commando battalion, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. 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.

Chugg told NPR that he was devastated to learn yesterday that Taylor had been killed.

US politicians and media are reporting that the service member killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, was the 39-year-old mayor of a city in the state of Utah. Taylor had been supporting special operations forces in the region. The Guard member's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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He's not sure if there "was radicalization" involved in motivating the culprit who killed Taylor, ostensibly working in alliance with the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces operating in Afghanistan. The wounded service member, whose injuries were not described, remains there receiving medical treatment, and is in stable condition, officials said.

Chugg said that townspeople are reeling from the mayor's death. "He was a man of faith, very devoted to his church".

Other Utah politicians shared their sorrow about the news.

"As the US gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote", Taylor wrote.

Taylor leaves behind a wife and seven children, and a town that grieves their popular mayor. Utah weeps for them today. "I'm struggling for words". We must rally around his sweet family'. "Thank you for your sacrifice my friend".

Taylor, 39, was killed in an apparent insider attack after a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire at a base in Kabul where foreign troops provide training to Afghan forces. "It's bitter because he was with folks he was helping. and that's what is ultimately so painful about this". That's what's so painful about this. "I do believe that Major Taylor felt he was among friends, with people he was working with". "Things are going great, and I absolutely love the dedicated U.S. and Afghan soldiers I serve with every day". "He's a heavy loss for us and will be missed", Burton said. Chief among them: democracy.

They didn't speak, but Swanson said later that he and Call attended to represent North Ogden.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says Taylor loved the people of Afghanistan and was there to help.

Taylor had temporarily stepped down as North Ogden's mayor during his deployment, which began in January of this year.