Mayor of Utah city killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

Geneva Stokes
November 4, 2018

Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah in the United States was killed Saturday on military duty in Afghanistan as part of Utah's National Guard.

The attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan partner forces, according to reports received by USFOR-A. The attacker was promptly killed by other Afghan troops. The wounded service member was undergoing medical treatment and was in stable condition.

US officials added that the incident is under investigation.

Taylor was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah in worldwide relations after receiving a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the Unifersity of Utah.

Herbert scheduled a Sunday news conference with Maj.

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.

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Brent Taylor, a member of the Utah National Guard and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Jennie, and their seven children.

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

"Major Brent Taylor was killed in Afghanistan this morning", he said on a Facebook page.

Last month on his 15th wedding anniversary, Taylor penned a post on Facebook about his "rock star wife", who he said had been "superwoman through birthing and raising seven children, and through four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan".

The attack in which Taylor was killed happened in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. He had been deployed in January this year and was serving as an intelligence officer who was training Afghan forces. "His service will always be remembered". Taylor was elected to the city council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became mayor in 2013, according to the city council website.

The Facebook posts, which showed photos of Taylor while deployed, were an example of the way in which he kept people connected, residents said. Just last month, an insider attack where Gen. Scott Miller, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, was present, killed a key Afghan general and wounded an American one-star general.

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