3PARA soldier who died in Syria on secret mission was killed by American friendly fire


Sergeant Matt Tonroe, from the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, was reported to have been killed by a roadside bomb whilst fighting ISIS in March 2018.

However, the cause of death has been overturned with it coming to light he was killed by friendly fire whilst embedded with US forces.

Sergeant Tonroe, 33 and from Manchester, was on patrol in Manbij, northern Syria when he was killed by a blast which also killed US commando Master Sergeant Jonathan J Dunbar.

The Pentagon had listed it as a result of enemy action through a roadside bomb but have now oveturned it as a ‘blue on blue’ due to an explosive held by a colleague.

It is unclear if the colleague was Dunbar or one of the other five who were wounded in the blast, but it is confirmed they were American.

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Sgt Tonroe (right) with Master Sergeant Jonathan J Dunbar

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “Sergeant Matt Tonroe died from blast injuries caused by an explosion during a military operation.

“It was initially believed that Sgt Tonroe was killed by enemy action; however, a subsequent investigation concluded that Sgt Tonroe was killed by the accidental detonation of explosives carried by US coalition forces.

“Our thoughts continue to be with Sgt Tonroe’s family and friends.”

Sgt Tonroe joined the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment in Colchester on completion of his training in 2004, where he served as part of the Sniper Platoon.

During his career he was deployed on numerous operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

The war in Syria, compared to Afghanistan and Iraq of the last 20 years, has been shrouded in mystery, with British troops often mix and matching in with special forces and other nationalities, mainly the Americans.

Last week it was confirmed SAS snipers have killed over 100 ISIS fighters since March during operations as they look to stop the group reforming after they lost ground in the Levant and dwindled in numbers.