Utah mayor shot in Afghanistan by trainee

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of an attack by gunmen in Kabul on Aug. 16. A U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in the city on Nov. 3 by an Afghan security force member

Apparent insider attack in Afghanistan kills US service member, wounds another

Herbert also expressed his condolences and support to Taylor's wife and seven children.

On Twitter, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, (R), called Taylor "a hero to all of us".

Utah media outlets cited a statement from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation saying that Taylor was shot by one of the commandos being trained and that the attacker was killed by Afghan forces.

First reports indicate Afghan Forces killed the attacker. Another soldier from the SFAB was killed in July, also in an insider attack.

The attacker was reportedly posing as a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, which USA officials have hoped can take over battling terror groups in the region in the coming years. It ended with an Afghan commando dead, although Rahimi declined to comment on whether this commando was a suspect in the killing.

A desire to serve drove Brent Taylor, the Utah Army National Guard major killed in Afghanistan, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Sunday. During a 2007 deployment in Iraq, Taylor and his wife Jennie led an effort that collected $75,000 worth of humanitarian aid items from Utah residents that Taylor distributed to rural Iraqi villages.

Taylor is seen here with his family in a July 4 parade in 2014.

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"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", Taylor wrote.

Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos.

Over the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook, often sounding and looking optimistic.

Taylor was a longtime member of the Utah National Guard, and in January, he was deployed to Afghanistan. "I consider him one of the greatest examples and what a mentor is and of what leadership should be. The wounded service member is undergoing medical treatment and is in stable condition", the statement added.

'"United we stand, divided we fall".

Taylor, 39, had been the town's mayor since 2013, and a member of the city council before that. On Oct. 18, an insider attack in Kandahar led to the death of two top Afghan security officials and also wounded Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley, the top us general in southern Afghanistan. Timothy Bolyard, a 42-year-old soldier deployed with 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

As of last week, 2,401 USA military personnel have been killed and 20,422 have been wounded since the beginning of the Afghan War in October 2001.

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