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'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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Army tributes to 'incredibly brave' soldier after Sunderland inquest

Lance Corporal Christopher Roney's commanding officers have paid tribute to him, after the inquest into his death in Afghanistan.

The Coroner ruled that 'mistaken beliefs and cumulative failures' led to an American helicopter attacking a British base in December 2009.

Captain Palmer Winstanley, who was alongside L/Cpl Roney on the night of the attack, described him as an 'incredibly brave' soldier, who set an example for the rest of the platoon.

Major Tim Harris (3rd Battalion The Rifles) praised L/Cpl Roney for his 'true courage'.

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