Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

USA service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

USA service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

Multiple sources have reported that one American service man was killed and a second wounded in what was characterized as an insider attack carried out by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

A statement from a spokeswoman for the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support says the attacker was a member of the Afghan security forces and that initial reports indicate the assailant was immediately killed by other Afghan forces. The wounded servicemember is undergoing medical treatment and is in stable condition, authorities said.

RS also said the incident was under investigation. Gen. Jefferson Burton, the adjutant general of the state's National Guard.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Burton were scheduled to speak to the media on Sunday afternoon.

A member of the Utah National Guard and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, Maj.

A GoFundMe page to support his wife, Jennie, and their children has already raised more than $130,000. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Taylor told his constituents, "Serving as the mayor of North Ogden city has been one of the greatest honors of my life and the highlight of my civilian professional career".

The attack in which Taylor was killed happened in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

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Friends and colleagues are confirming the death of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was deployed with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan.

The Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives also paid tribute to Taylor.

Saturday's attack was the fifth "insider attack" in the past four months against USA forces.

"He always wanted to give back and make the world a better place", Cox said in a telephone interview Saturday night. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

The Facebook posts, which showed photos of Taylor while deployed, were an example of the way in which he kept people connected, residents said.

Taylor had left his position in North Ogden, a city of around 17,000 people about 45 miles (70 km) north of Salt Lake City, earlier this year to serve in Afghanistan.

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.

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