USA service member killed in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan

Minnie Murray
November 4, 2018

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.

The New York Times quoted Debra Richardson, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokeswoman, in Kabul, as saying that the gunman appeared to have been a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

It said initial reports indicate other Afghan Forces killed the attacker.

In his last entry two weeks before his death, Taylor uploaded photos of a ruck march with both US troops and Afghan security forces members.

RS also said the incident was under investigation. Gen. Jefferson Burton, the adjutant general, in a statement. Taylor resigned from the mayor's office before he went overseas, the Standard-Examiner of Ogden reported.

The Utah National Guard has not officially named Taylor as the service member who was killed, but a spokeswoman confirmed it will make the announcement on Sunday.

The unexpected death of Taylor, who was months from finishing his tour and is survived by seven children and his wife Jennie, drew an outpouring of grief in Utah and on social media late Saturday.

North Ogden is a city of 17,000 people north of Salt Lake City.

Taylor wrote on his Facebook page on September 18: 'My rock star wife has been superwoman through birthing and raising seven children, and through four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and over five total years of separation for military service'. It ended with an Afghan commando dead, although Rahimi declined to comment on whether this commando was a suspect in the killing.

Taylor regularly posted on a Facebook page he had created for residents to communicate with him following his election a year ago, residents said.

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

The Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives also paid tribute to Taylor.

'"United we stand, divided we fall".

"What we do for our country is very unsafe business, but it's important to remember why we do it", Burton said.

Saturday's attack was the fifth "insider attack" in the past four months against US forces.

Taylor on Saturday evening, via Twitter posts.

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