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Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan serving with the National Guard

Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan serving with the National Guard

The flags at North Ogden City Hall "are at half-staff and the City Council is meeting (Monday) night to discuss additional options for ways to honor Mayor Taylor", Call said in an email. He died on November 3rd in Kabul Province, 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.

Taylor, 39, was killed in an apparent insider attack after a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire at a base in Kabul where foreign troops provide training to Afghan forces.

"Brent Taylor was a dynamic individual", said Brent Chugg, who has served as North Ogden's temporary mayor during Taylor's deployment.

Taylor in 2013 became mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people 46 miles (74 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City.

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An online GoFundMe campaign for the Taylor family had generated more than $160,000 in donations as of Sunday afternoon and the number continued to climb.

"Brent had a profound influence on this community".

"He was the best of men with the ability to see potential and possibility in everything around him", the statement said.

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. Taylor, an officer in the National Guard, previously served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. The wounded soldier was reported to be in stable condition.

Another U.S. service member whose name was not immediately released was being treated for wounds sustained in the attack, U.S. military officials said.

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No group has so far claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack.

Taylor enlisted in the Army three days after getting engaged to his fiancee nearly 15 years ago, according to his Facebook group diary.

Two Afghan officials, including the southern province's powerful police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq Achakzai, were killed.

"There are three great loyalties that have guided my life and everything in it: God, family and country", Taylor said then.

"Yet he wanted to go back because he thought he could do good in Afghanistan", the governor said at a press conference to formally announce Taylor's death.

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Total civilian deaths across Afghanistan - due to various violent attacks - stood at 2,798 for the first nine months of 2018, slightly up from the same period past year, according to the United Nations.