United States service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul

A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul

Taylor, who is a member of the Utah National Guard, was elected as mayor of North Ogden (population 17,357) in 2013, and re-elected in 2017, according to Deseret News.

Taylor had served two tours in Iraq and was on his second tour to Afghanistan when he was killed, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The unexpected death of Taylor, who was months from finishing his tour and is survived by seven children and his wife Jennie, drew an outpouring of grief in Utah and on social media late Saturday.

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.

Taylor temporarily stepped down as mayor to deploy to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard, according to his biography on North Ogden's website.

Cox, who became friends with Taylor as they made the rounds of the "rubber chicken" circuit of Utah politics together, said Taylor's motivation for entering politics was simple.

Over the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook. "We must rally around his family", he added.

Herbert said he planned to hold a news conference Sunday afternoon to give additional details.

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

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But Dyche insisted: "There's work to be done but the mentality on show today was very positive". We have to grow and get better". "The action was good".

"My heart breaks for the loss and sacrifice of our soldier, particularly for the family", said Maj.

"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 his wife celebrated their anniversary in September.

"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. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and the state's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, confirmed Taylor's death.

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

"I am heartbroken at the news that we lost one of our own today in Afghanistan and feel completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this fearless and selfless soldier".

"What we do for our country is very unsafe business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said.

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