U.S.: The family of a Utah mayor, who was also a Utah Army National Guard major training commandos in Afghanistan and was fatally shot by one of his Afghan trainees in an insider attack on Saturday, says that they have no regrets.
Brent Taylor, 39, had taken a year-long leave of absence as mayor of North Ogden, north of Salt Lake City, for his deployment to Afghanistan. He was a military intelligence officer with Joint Force Headquarters and was expected to return to his mayoral job in January.
Another US military member, whose name was not immediately made public, was wounded in Saturday’s attack that killed Major Taylor, who died from wounds from small arms fire, military officials said.
Major General Jefferson S. Burton of the Utah National Guard, said Major Taylor’s mission was helping to train and build the capacity of the Afghan National Army. “He was with folks he was helping and training. That’s what’s so painful about this. It’s bitter,” Major General Burton said.
Utah media outlets cited a statement from NATO saying Major Taylor was shot by one of the commandos being trained and that the attacker was killed by Afghan forces.
Major Taylor, who served two tours in Iraq and was on his second tour in Afghanistan, leaves behind a wife and seven children.
Hundreds of residents of North Ogden lined the streets to see him off prior to his latest deployment. Utah Governor Gary Herbert called his death, “a sad day for Utah, for America”.
The family of Major Brent Taylor said that there is “heartache but no regret.”
Deputy Director ITCT Faran Jeffery while talking to ITCT Newsdesk said, “Major Taylor was a brave man. He loved his work and the people he worked with, so it’s a shame that he was killed by one of his own trainees. And as newly appointed NATO commander in Afghanistan General Scott Miller recently said while talking to NBC that Taliban cannot be defeated militarily, at some point American public must ask themselves at what cost did they lose Major Taylor and so many others like him.”