'Failures' blamed for soldier's death

A Coroner has ruled that "mistaken beliefs and cumulative failures" led to the death of Lance Corporal Christopher Roney in Afghanistan.

The 23 year old from Sunderland was killed when an American helicopter fired on a British base.

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Family claim death was down to 'negligence'

The family of a soldier, killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, say his death was called by 'negligence, plain and simple'. Lance Corporal Roney's brother William told the coroner that the term 'fog of war' had been used by the military instead of 'what should have been said'.

"This has upset the family considerably and gives the impression Chris and his injured comrades meant very little to the Ministry of Defence.

"It is the family's opinion that history teaches us individuals are responsible for their own actions and in other jobs people are help accountable.

"We believe the Ministry of Defence, army and its employees should have no exemption to this rule."

– William Roney

"All deaths on operations are extremely tragic and much regretted, nothing is more damaging to morale than a death from friendly fire. We have heard mistakes were made, many due to human error, and many have said in hindsight they would have done things differently but everybody acted in the best interest to assist the patrol base.

– Lieutenant Colonel Steve Corbridge

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