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

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of an attack by gunmen in Kabul on Aug. 16. A U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in the city on Nov. 3 by an Afghan security force member

The latest in a rash of deadly reported insider attacks in Afghanistan has claimed the life of one USA service member and left another wounded. The soldier was Major Brent Taylor, and he was both an officer in the Utah National Guard and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah.

Utah's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, wrote on Facebook: 'We lost a genuine hero and one of the best people in our state.

Brent Chugg, who temporarily took on the role of acting mayor of North Ogden while Taylor was deployed, said Taylor was a "great patriotic person" who had "a great love for his country". "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". Meanwhile, North Ogden officials plan to come up with a way to remember Taylor, who had been elected to his second term as mayor in 2017 following a term on the North Ogden City Council. Mileski replaced Taylor on the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees, another post Taylor had held, when he deployed to Afghanistan.

Taylor was a member of an advisory team that was training members of the Afghan commado team on combat operations.

In his last entry two weeks before his death, Taylor uploaded photos of a ruck march with both US troops and Afghan security forces members. According to the Washington Post, Taylor was killed when a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on us forces in an apparent "insider attack". "Initial reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces". "Please keep Jennie (Taylor's wife) and his children in your prayers".

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.

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Major Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday.

'I am proud of the fearless Afghan and United States soldiers I serve with.

A GoFundMe for Taylor's family has been set up to assist the family during this time. "And right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan".

He said Taylor and others were taking part in some sort of foot patrol when Saturday's incident occurred.

His most recent Facebook post was about the recent elections in Afghanistan.

The attack was the latest in a series of "green-on-blue" incidents in which members of the Afghan forces have killed USA or coalition advisers this year, and it followed the death of a Czech soldier in the western province of Herat last month.

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