Soldier's mum calls for troops out

THE mother of a teenager who died in friendly fire in Afghanistan has urged the Government to withdraw troops as the death toll of military personnel in the country reached 102.

THE mother of a teenager who died in friendly fire in Afghanistan has urged the Government to withdraw troops as the death toll of military personnel in the country reached 102.

Lorraine McClure said she was constantly consumed by pain since her 19-year-old son Aaron McClure died in August while he was on patrol.

But Mrs McClure, of Marlow Road, Ipswich, said the heartache worsened every time she heard of the death of another soldier.

She was speaking after five members of Colchester-based 2 Para were killed in just a week while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

''My personal view is that it is time the troops should be pulled out, they have done a great job. Five deaths in a week is far too many and the count will go on and on and on for many years until they are pulled out.

''It is OK for the Government to say we are getting somewhere but in the meantime there are 102 families whose lives have been destroyed.

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''The last 10 months since Aaron died have been hell and not a day goes by without thinking what has happened. The pain is constantly there.”

Former Westbourne High School pupil Pte McClure was killed along with two others aged 19 and 21 from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. They were hit by a bomb dropped by a US aircraft in the Helmand Province.

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