US soldier killed in Kabul had been a Utah mayor

KABUL (TOLONews): The US service member killed in an apparent insider attack in Kabul on Saturday had been the mayor of North Ogden in Utah.

According to the New York Times, Maj. Brent Taylor, had taken leave from his position to serve with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan and had been part of an advisory team training staff in an Afghan commando battalion in Kabul.

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

“The attacker was immediately killed by other Afghan forces,” she said.

As reported by the New York Times, the latest attack came as the American military has retreated to a more cautious position following a widespread rumor about the killing of Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq last month.

Raziq was shot dead by an infiltrator working as the provincial governor’s bodyguard. The shooting took place after a meeting between Raziq, the provincial governor, other high-ranking provincial officials and top American and NATO commander Gen. Austin Scott Miller.

Miller had been standing just a few steps away from Raziq and other officials when the gunman opened fire.

As detailed in a New York Times report, a guard at the scene, who United States officials said they believed could have been a second infiltrator, shouted that the Americans had shot the Afghan general.

The New York times reported it led to tensions with Afghan forces that cast a cloud over the relationship. Afghan and American forces clashed as the American convoy was leaving the compound, with United States forces shooting one Afghan guard dead.

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