Prince Harry returning to Afghanistan

2011-12-21 18:28
London - Britain's Prince Harry was quoted on Wednesday as confirming he will be deployed to Afghanistan for a second time - almost four years after his previous secret mission was cut short when details leaked.

The Sun newspaper reported that the 27-year-old, who is third in line to the British throne, told guests at a military awards ceremony on Monday night that he would likely return in 2012.

"I can't wait to get out there," the newspaper quoted Harry as saying.

Harry served as a battlefield air controller in Afghanistan for 10 weeks from December 2007, but was sent home early after details were made public - first by an Australian celebrity magazine and later on the Drudge Report website.

He became the first member of the British royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands conflict with Argentina in 1982.

Pilot training

A spokesperson for St James's Palace, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, would not discuss the details of when or where Harry could serve in Afghanistan. He said it would be a "matter for the military chain of command".

Britain's defence ministry did not comment on Harry's potential deployment.

The prince returned to Britain in November after two months of combat helicopter pilot training in the US.

At the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California, Harry flew Apache attack helicopters in the desert close to the Mexican border. During training at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in southern Arizona, the prince fired missiles and rockets.

During a brief break from manoeuvres, the young prince rented a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Scottsdale and rode the six-hour trip to Las Vegas for a weekend visit.

Harry is currently completing his Apache helicopter training at British Royal Air Force base Wattisham Station, in eastern England.

The newspaper said the prince told awards ceremony guests he now hoped to utilise his months of training.

"I'm looking forward to putting it into practice," it quoted him as saying.

In a speech to the ceremony, Harry told military colleagues of his admiration for them - and for the families left behind when they are deployed.

"It's often said of our armed forces that they are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Well, I don't entirely buy that," Harry said.

"Ordinary people don't put their lives on the line for distant folk, such as the Afghans, who need our help and are now turning their country around because of it."

Britain has around 9 500 troops in Afghanistan, based mainly in the southern Helmand province. In a visit on Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed about 500 UK forces will be withdrawn in 2012, ahead of the end of the international mission by the end of 2014.
- AP
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