Caught a snippet of news from the radio last night regarding the inquest into the death of a Rifleman in Helmand (I didn't catch the Rifleman's name and a quick google search didn't help as the Rifles have taken a lot of casualties in the las few months). The young soldier in question was killed on a foot patrol by an IED and suffered "horrendous injuries". The coroner recorded a verdict if unlawful killing. Can anyone explain the reasoning behind this verdict? Is it because those likely to have planted the IED are unlawful combatants? Is it because the use of IEDs in war is itself illegal? If the Taliban were a legaly recognised armed forces, and the Rifleman had been shot in a contact would that have been an unlawful killing?