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Utahns grieve for mayor killed in Afghanistan in 'apparent insider attack'

Utahns grieve for mayor killed in Afghanistan in 'apparent insider attack'

Just last month, an insider attack where Gen. Scott Miller, the top us commander in Afghanistan, was present, killed a key Afghan general and wounded an American one-star general.

"These reports also indicate the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces", the statement said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the "green-on-blue" attack - in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on global soldiers with whom they are working.

Taylor was killed just two weeks after another US service member, Brig.

RS also said the incident was under investigation.

The Utah National Guard has identified the service member as Mayor of North Ogden, Brent Taylor, North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson confirmed on Saturday. When he deployed in January, several hundred North Ogden residents lined the streets to wish him a fond farewell, not knowing that they would never see their mayor again. Taylor was elected to the city council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became mayor in 2013, according to the city council website. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

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Taylor's last Facebook post touched on how inspired he had been by the elections in Afghanistan, as he encouraged people in the U.S. to vote on Tuesday. - Military helicopters were firing above a mosque in Kabul's old quarter Tuesday as officials said fighting had broken out between security forces and militants in the Afghan capital, with a barrage of rockets striking the city.

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

'My heart breaks for the loss and sacrifice of our Soldier, particularly for the family, ' said adjutant general Maj.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert plans to hold a news conference on Sunday to discuss the death.

This is the latest in a series of apparent insider attacks in Afghanistani in recent months.

In another insider attack last month, an assassination that killed the head of the police in Kandahar province and the local intelligence chief, a United States general was shot.