Another Apparent Afghan Insider Attack Kills US Service Member

A NATO helicopter flies over the Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul

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.

News of Taylor's death brought shock and grief to a Utah community in which he had served as mayor since 2013 and, before that, as a City Council member.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a Twitter message, described Taylor's death as "devastating" news.

"Major Brent Taylor was killed in Afghanistan this morning", he said on a Facebook page. "I'm struggling for words".

"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.

Taylor's death was confirmed by North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson, who spoke with FOX 13 Salt Lake City. Mileski replaced Taylor on the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees, another post Taylor had held, when he deployed to Afghanistan.




At the time of his deployment in January, Taylor told local media that, as an intelligence officer, he will be assigned to serve on an advisory team training the staff of an Afghan commando battalion. Since October 2001, 2,270 US service members have died there. Burton, who also spoke at Sunday's press conference, said the suspected culprit, a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, was immediately killed. The gunman managed to wound another U.S. service member, before other Afghan forces killed him.

In less than a day, a GoFundMe set up to help Taylor's family had raised more than US$135,000. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard.

"While I am far from ideal in any of these respects, I have given my life to serve all three of these loyalties whenever and however I can".

Taylor is survived by his wife, Jennie, and seven children, according to the Tribune. Taylor also served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Facebook posts, which showed photos of Taylor while deployed, were an example of the way in which he kept people connected, residents said. Just last month, an insider attack where Gen. Scott Miller, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, was present, killed a key Afghan general and wounded an American one-star general.

"What we do for our country is very unsafe business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said. "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

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