Mayor of Utah Brad Taylor becomes a third US soldier to be killed in the confiscation of confidential information in Afghanistan since July


NORTH OF OGDEN, Utah – A community in Utah is in mourning after its mayor, Brent Taylor, was killed in Afghanistan while it was developed with the National Guard. His body is scheduled to arrive in the United States on Monday night. With the two months left during his tour, the 39-year-old died Saturday, as one of his Afghan trainees shot him in an internal assault. Afghan forces killed the assailant.

Taylor is the third US soldier to be killed in an assault on confidential information in Afghanistan since July. Seventeen years after September 11, there are still some 15,000 US troops in the country – many of which have as their main task the training and counseling of Afghan forces. Nearly half of Americans from this year's American deaths in Afghanistan have reportedly been coming from suspected internal attacks, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone said.

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<p>Michael O'Hanlon, senior associate of the Brookings Institute, is a researcher and writer specializing in the US military strategy.<strong/></p>
<p>"It's a deliberate tactic on their part to kill people like Mayor Taylor and try to influence the American will," said O'Hanlon. "This tragic attack brings the need to ask again: is there really a light at the end of the tunnel?"</p>
<p>On the Heroes Boulevard in North Ogden, banners appear to honor the members of the community serving in the army. The one paying tribute to Taylor has become a monument, as the city mourns a fallen soldier who was also the favorite mayor.</p>
<p>As married father seven, National Guard soldier and North Ogden's mayor, Utah, Taylor devoted his life to helping others.</p>
<p>    "There are three great truths that led my life and everything to it: God, family and country," said Taylor on Facebook. </p>
<p>    In January, Taylor announced to Facebook that he would be allowed to leave as mayor to finish his fourth abroad abroad. His mission: to train the staff of an order of the Afghan Order. </p>
<p>    "I know he encouraged him not to go but volunteered because he thought he could do something good," said Gary Herbert.</p>
<p>    Taylor's best friend Toby Mileski said his children have lost a model and the country has lost a hero.</p>
<p>    "He did what he did because he wanted to make sure there were no injustices," Mileski said.</p>
<p>    Taylor remembers as a man who wants to make the world a better place. </p>
<p>    City Administrator Jon Call worked with him. "My heart bleeds for kids, I just can not imagine what they will go through," Call said. </p>
<p>Less than a week before his death, Taylor wrote what his final position on Facebook would be. He called on all Americans to vote independently of the party, saying it is important to remember that, as Americans, we have much more that unites us rather than divides us.</p>
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