But investigators have concluded that Tonroe, 33, was killed by an explosive carried by a colleague. Britain's Defense Ministry said Saturday that while "it was initially believed that Sgt. Tonroe was killed by enemy action," a subsequent investigation concluded he was killed by "the accidental detonation of explosives carried by coalition forces."
UK soldier fighting IS in Syria was killed by friendly fire
LONDON (AP) — Officials say a British special forces soldier who died fighting the Islamic State group in Syria was killed by friendly fire, rather than in a roadside bomb as previously believed. Sgt. Matt Tonroe died in March 2018 alongside U.S. commando Master Sergeant Jonathan J. Dunbar while on a joint operation in Manbij, northern Syria, with American special forces. The Pentagon had said they died from improvised explosive devices.