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

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

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

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. And they offered heavy praise to Taylor for his service, both in the military and in civic matters.

The Tribune reported that on the day of his deployment in mid-January, North Ogden police escorted Taylor and his family around town as hundreds of residents lined the streets to see him off.

The other service member, who was wounded, is undergoing medical treatment and in stable condition, according to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement. "Please keep Jennie (Taylor's wife) and his children in your prayers".

Taylor, 39, temporarily left his post as mayor in January to deploy to Afghanistan, according to his biography on North Ogden's website.

The flags at North Ogden City Hall "are at half-staff and the City Council is meeting (Monday) night to discuss additional options for ways to honor Mayor Taylor", Call said in an email.

The injured United States soldier is stable.

Taylor's remains will arrive at Dover Air Force base Monday evening.

Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, told reporters that Taylor's mission was to help train and build the capacity of the Afghan national army.

North Ogden City Councilman Phillip D. Swanson confirmed the news.

In August, a State Department official said that the USA was doing "everything we can" to bring the Taliban and the Afghan government to the table.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, wrote on Facebook that Taylor was "the definition of the term 'public servant'".

"He always wanted to give back and make the world a better place", Cox said in a telephone interview Saturday night.

According to the Defense Casualty Analysis System, eight USA military members, likely not including this latest casualty, have been killed and 95 have been wounded in Afghanistan so far in 2018.

Despite the danger of the area, he thinks Taylor felt "he was among friends with the people that he was working with", adding to the anguish over the turn of events.

This is being seen as the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack, in which members of the Afghan forces have killed USA or coalition soldiers.

"Believe me, they're hurt by this as well", said Burton.

Taylor became mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people 46 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2013.

In a statement Saturday, the Utah National Guard announced the death of one of its soldiers.

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