Afghanistan Insider Attack Kills Another Soldier – Maj Brent Taylor

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Maj Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard was killed in an insider attack on Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Major Taylor was also the Mayor of North Ogden, Utah. Another soldier who was wounded in that attack is in stable condition after treatment at Bagram Air Field, according to Army Times.

The attacker was reportedly a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. He was immediately killed by other Afghan partners.

The city of North Ogden posted this about their Mayor:

“We are devastated by the loss of our mayor and friend, Brent Taylor. Our hearts and thoughts go to Jennie, their children, and other family members as they deal with this tragic loss. We love them and hope they will feel the love and support of all of us in North Ogden. 

Brent had a profound influence on this community. He was the best of men with the ability to see potential and possibility in everything around him. We feel blessed to have had him as our mayor. Everywhere you look in North Ogden you can see his profound influence. He had a great love and vision for this community. He was patriotic to the core and a shining example of what an American politician should be. We are grateful for his service to both our city and our country. His loss will be felt for years to come.”

Last week, Major Taylor posted about the Afghani people who openly defied the Taliban to vote.

Freedom: Millions Defy Taliban and Vote in Afghan Elections

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

It was beautiful to see over 4 million Afghan men and women brave threats and deadly attacks to vote in Afghanistan’s first parliamentary elections in eight years. The strong turnout, despite the attacks and challenges, was a success for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan and for the cause of human freedom. I am proud of the brave Afghan and US soldiers I serve with. Many American, NATO allies, and Afghan troops have died to make moments like this possible; for example, my dear friend Lieutenant Kefayatullah who was killed fighting the Taliban the day before voting began. 🇦🇫️

As the USA gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote. 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. “United we stand, divided we fall.” God Bless America. 🇺🇲️👊🏻

“This is unbelievably tragic. Brent was the only person I personally knew who was able to share his deployment on social media. His pictures and descriptions gave me a deeper understanding of our military’s service and sacrifice. The last post I read was about Afghanistan’s free and open elections. Today, the humbling reality that freedom isn’t free is a bitter pill to swallow. God Bless Mayor Taylor and his family. We love, cherish and support you.” Speaker Greg Hughes

[Note: generally speaking, military members are discouraged from posting these types of things on Facebook or other social media due to the danger.]

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Major’s Family.

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