Utah mayor killed while deployed in Afghanistan

Utah mayor killed while deployed in Afghanistan

Utah mayor killed while deployed in Afghanistan

North Ogden city mayor Major Brent Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah National Guard at the beginning of this year. "Ultimately, he was a bridge builder and a person who made friends and just loved people". "We are calling on everybody to help them". "His service will always be remembered". Taylor, an officer in the National Guard, previously served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He often posted updates on Facebook of the work he was doing with the Afghan soldiers, the newspaper reported. Officials say another USA service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack in Kabul on Saturday.

Utah's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, wrote on Facebook: 'We lost a genuine hero and one of the best people in our state. Taylor, Burton said, was "rucked up, if you will, and moving out on foot when this occurred".

"The most important thing is to support his family, his wife Jenny and seven children", he said.

Taylor, 39, was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for what was expected to be a 12-month tour of duty.

Taylor and his wife celebrated their anniversary in September. Earlier this year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told USA troops in Afghanistan that the Taliban "cannot wait us out", and that they "will ultimately have to settle their differences with the Afghan government at the negotiating table".

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.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for Taylor's family. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

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

Burton noted that Taylor was extremely driven and had completed work toward a Ph.D.

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.

In August, a State Department official said that the USA was doing "everything we can" to bring the Taliban and the Afghan government to the table. "It's bitter because he was with folks he was helping. and that's what is ultimately so painful about this". 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.

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