Utah mayor killed while deployed in Afghanistan

04 November, 2018, 18:25 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Taylor was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah in global relations after receiving a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the Unifersity of Utah.

The incident is under investigation.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Major General S. Burton are planning to address the press on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m.at the Utah National Guard's Draper headquarters.

Multiple media reports have confirmed that former North Ogden, Utah mayor Brent Taylor was killed in action in Afghanistan Saturday in an apparent insider attack.

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

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Initial reports indicated that the shooter was a member of the Afghan National Defense Security Forces, an ally to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and that he was immediately shot dead by other Afghan forces, a statement from Resolute Support said.

"North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was killed today while serving in Afghanistan", Cox wrote on his Facebook page. He was elected to the City Council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became the full-time mayor in 2013, according to the city council website. Taylor, an officer in the National Guard, previously served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.

"He always wanted to give back and make the world a better place", Cox said in a telephone interview Saturday night. "Seeing that, not through the news media, but through his own experiences, really personalized it for so many of us in this now eternal war that we're continuing to fight".

His last Facebook post, on October 28, highlighted a successful election in Afghanistan. "And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us". "We feel blessed to have had him as our mayor".

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