A coroner looking into the death of a 23-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan when a US Apache helicopter mistakenly attacked a British base, has ruled that the pilots were unaware that the compound they were watching was the Patrol Base Almas.
Lance Corporal Christopher Roney of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died from head injuries he suffered while manning a position at Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand, on December 21, 2009.
The coroner concluded that: "Those at Patrol Base ALMAS were professional and remained true to their training and procedures...the same can not be said of some of the others who were not at Patrol Base ALMAS."
The report stated that out of date mapping was a factor, "At the time of the incident bespoke mapping with all Friendly Forces locations marked had not yet been produced."
It also stated that, "There was no direct communication between Patrol Base ALMAS and Tactical Air Control Command" and that "poor communication across both ground and air crew led to misidentification of the target location"
The family of L/Cpl Roney have criticised the Ministry of Defence and said some of their actions have "upset them considerably"
ITV News reporter Neil Connery visited his family shortly after he died in 2009: