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Private Aaron McClure death: Mother awaits apology

Lorraine McClure Image copyright JOHN FAIRHALL
Image caption Lorraine McClure says her son's memory will live on in Ipswich

The mother of a British soldier killed by so-called "friendly fire" in Afghanistan nearly eight years ago has said she is still waiting for an apology over his death.

Lorraine McClure's 19-year-old son Aaron died in Helmand Province while serving with the Royal Anglian Regiment in 2007.

She said she now feared his death in Helmand Province had been in vain.

The Pentagon is yet to respond to an approach for a comment.

Ms McClure was speaking as a new housing development named after Pte McClure, yards from his childhood school in Ipswich, was unveiled on Tuesday.

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Image caption Lorraine McClure at the launch of the new housing development in Ipswich

She said her son was spurred into joining the Army after 11 September 2001.

In 2007, Pte McClure was sent to Helmand as part of the 7 Platoon B (Suffolk) Company who were engaged in fighting in Southern Afghanistan.

Pte McClure, Robert Foster and John Thrumble, both from Essex, died in August when a US F15 plane bombed them instead of a Taliban position.

At an inquest into the deaths a coroner called for a government review into battlefield procedures after hearing there was confusion over a grid reference given by a British crew.

Image caption Aaron McClure died in a so-called "friendly fire" incident in 2007
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Image caption Aaron McClure's family and dignitaries met at the launch of the Ipswich housing development

Ms Mclure said she had not received an apology from the US military for their "neglect".

"I will always be angry that my son was lost in the way that he was lost," she said.

She described the naming of "McClure Way" as a "very proud moment."

"I just know that his memory is going to be living on now, it means so much to me and my family," she said.

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