U.S. Service Member Killed in Afghan Insider Attack Identified as Brent Taylor, Mayor of North Ogden, Utah

The  U.S. service member who was killed in an apparent insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Nov. 3 was identified as Major Brent Taylor, according to a statement from NATO-led Resolute Support coalition.

Major Taylor was assigned to the Utah Army National Guard and is the Mayor of North Ogden, Utah.

“The death of Maj. Taylor is a loss for his family, his friends, his colleagues, our country and this mission,” said Gen. Scott Miller, Commanding General of Resolute Support and United States Forces – Afghanistan. “His service here, around the world and at home is an example for us all.”

Major Taylor had taken leave from his position as the Mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 20,000 people, to serve with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan. This was reportedly his fourth deployment and he was part of an advisory team training an Afghan commando battalion.

Major Taylor and another U.S. service member, who was wounded in the incident, were medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan. The wounded U.S. Service member received medical treatment and returned to duty, said the statement.

The initial reports indicated that the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Initial reports also indicated that the attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan Forces.

According to some U.S. officials, the attack happened at an American special operations forces hub in Kabul that is used as a staging base for missions around the capital and in neighboring provinces.

This is reportedly the third deadly shooting of friendly forces in recent weeks believed to be carried out by an Afghan service member. On Oct. 18, a gunman wearing a uniform of the Afghan security forces opened fire on a gathering of security chiefs in Kandahar killing three. On Oct. 22, one NATO service member was killed and two others were injured in an apparent insider attack that took place in western Herat Province.

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