US Soldier Killed In Apparent Insider Attack In Kabul

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RS said in a statement that initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

The two US service members were medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield, where the wounded service member is undergoing medical treatment and is in stable condition, it said.

The Salt Lake Tribune and other media reported on November 3 that North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was serving with the National Guard when he was killed earlier in the day.

Herbert also expressed his condolences and support to Taylor's wife and seven children. Utah weeps for them today.

"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", the governor added. He said others had discouraged Taylor from deploying a fourth time, telling him, "You've done enough".

And yet, Taylor insisted he wanted to go back. He loved the people of Afghanistan... "That's an admirable quality that we all ought to emulate". "We are calling on everybody to help them". Another service member, who has not been named, was wounded in the attack.

Taylor was supposed to return home and resume his post as mayor in January.

"The most important thing is to support his family, his wife Jenny and seven children", he said. As well as being able to position infiltrators within regular Afghan units, the terror group has expanded its presence in recent months and now controls or influences just over half of the country's 407 districts, according to United States military estimates. "And right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan".

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

Over the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook, often sounding and looking optimistic.

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

"I hate this", Cox wrote. Orrin Hatch of Utah said on Twitter. "Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend. His service to his community is going to be remembered forever".

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Taylor's family.

The motive for the shooting - the second insider attack at a base against foreign troops in less than two weeks - was not immediately clear.

The local police chief was killed in that attack, which was later claimed by the Taliban.

Burton noted that Taylor was extremely driven and had completed work toward a Ph.D. Gen. Burton. "Major Taylor remains an active part of our lives though he is not with us now".

"He was with folks he was helping and training". Taylor's remains are to arrive in the United States at Dover Air Force Base in DE on Monday night, but funeral arrangements have not yet been made.