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The Fallen Soldier Tribute is shown at the Utah Army National Guard Recruiting building Sunday Nov. 4 2018 in Draper Utah. Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city north of Salt Lake City was

The Fallen Soldier Tribute is shown at the Utah Army National Guard Recruiting building Sunday Nov. 4 2018 in Draper Utah. Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city north of Salt Lake City was

His body is scheduled to arrive in the US later Monday.

Major Brent Taylor with his wife Jennie.

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On Oct. 18, a member of the Afghan forces targeted prominent U.S. and Afghan generals in Kandahar, killing the province's well-known police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, and wounding U.S. Brig.

Taylor was elected mayor of North Ogden in 2013 after serving on the City Council since 2009.

The roughly 17,000 residents of North Ogden are mourning the loss of their city's mayor - the city government writing in a statement posted to its website that Taylor had "a profound influence on this community". And, Rahmani added, Taylor taught him to "love my wife Hamida as an equal and treat my children as treasured gifts".

The death of Brent Taylor, 39, of North Ogden, Utah, marks the third USA death at the hands of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

A report released by the U.S. government's own ombudsman of the war reports that the Taliban have strengthened their grip in Afghanistan over the past three years and now control more territory than at any time since 2001. Other Afghan forces immediately killed the attacker, CNN reported. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, who oversees the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military advisory mission in southern Afghanistan, was wounded in an insider attack in Kandahar province.

'He was with folks he was helping and training.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says Taylor loved the people of Afghanistan and was there to help.

Pack said Taylor's body could arrive in Utah as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. "News of his death in Afghanistan is devastating".

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement he was "heartbroken at the news" and felt "completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this courageous and selfless soldier".

Additional information is scheduled to be released later Sunday at a news conference with Herbert and Maj.

This undated photo provided by the Utah National Guard shows Maj.

Family spokeswoman Kristy Pack Taylor said students at 13-year-old Megan Taylor's junior high school wore yellow ribbons Monday to show their support.

In a Facebook post in honor of their 15th wedding anniversary in September, Taylor called Jennie Ashworth Taylor his "rock star wife" and "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". He was killed during his second tour of Afghanistan.

The 39-year-old was also the mayor of North Ogden, Utah. "His service will always be remembered". He served 12 years as an officer in the United States Army National Guard, including seven years on active duty.

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