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LONDON (April 30) - The head of the British army said Monday that he had personally decided that Prince Harry , the third in line to the throne, will serve with a combat unit in Iraq .
Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt said the decision would be kept under review, but he hoped his statement would end media speculation on Harry's deployment.

"The decision has been taken by myself that he will deploy in due course," Dannatt said. "I would urge that the somewhat frenzied media activity surrounding this particular story should cease in the interests of the overall security of all our people deployed in Iraq."

He spoke after newspaper reports cited unidentified senior military officials as saying an army review was likely to lead to Harry being banned from the battlefield, although he could still do a desk job.
Clarence House, Prince Charles ' London office, would not comment on Dannatt's statement.

Harry, a 22-year-old second lieutenant, is a tank commander trained to lead a 12-man team in four armored reconnaissance vehicles. If deployed, he would become the first royal to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in Britain's conflict with Argentina over the Fakland Islands in 1982.

Commanders reportedly had reconsidered their decision to allow the prince to fight in Iraq for fear his presence could endanger other soldiers. Harry's regiment, the Blues and Royals, is due to begin a six-month tour of duty in Iraq within weeks.

Over the past two weeks, newspapers have reported threats by Iraqi insurgents to kill or kidnap the prince, including claims his photograph had been widely circulated among militants. Military chiefs acknowledge that Harry would be an attractive target for insurgents and that his presence could lead to a surge in attacks on British forces.

The younger son of the late Princess Diana, Harry has been a frequent face on the front of Britain's tabloid newspapers, which have provided a constant stream of coverage of his party-going lifestyle at glitzy London nightclubs.

But he has said he is serious about an army career. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst last year, Harry insisted on an opportunity to serve in the armed forces.
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Go get'em Harry.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:09 PM
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This all assumes that the Royal family has any impact on England outside of symbolic. If the English monarchy would end today, very little parliamentary or policy changes would be made. They're a tourist attraction.

He should be sent to fight like all the other kids that are being sent. If something happens to him, God forbid, his family will be affected just like the other thousands of "princes" who've died there.
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I think you're missing my point. Trust me it isn't him, it's the fact that everyone around him is now a prime target.
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I did. Sorry.

Although being a tank commander will attract a lot of attention in its own right.
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Well, in the sayings of the "Andrew".

He's taken the King's shilling, he'll take a soldier's chance.
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Absolutely true, but the bastardly media attention simply serves to make him a much more valuable target to be captured and possibly held as a hostage, and even possibly beheading by the insurgency.
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Didn't Prince Andy serve in the Andrew during the Falkland crisis. Hardly the end of the world.
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It's not about him going into combat. It's about the media doing just everything they can to make him and his crew a target for the insurgency.
It would probably be a little bit simpler for him if they just painted a target on his back.
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I don't think it would matter where he served over in Iraq, I think he and everyone around him would be a PRIME target!!!
As far as trying to do a comparison between the Iraq and the Falklands, that's a joke, the battle in the Falklands last about as long as I can comfortably go without food.
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:01 AM
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It's an absolutely stupid decision. It's not that this kid's life is more important than any other soldiers life, it's the propaganda value of the islamonuts capturing or killing him. They will try to do so simply for that and therefore his troopers are more at risk than the ordinary soldier.

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Old 05-01-2007, 09:13 AM
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Andrew was also a helo pilot. Harry being in tanks puts him in the middle of the action.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:34 AM
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You may not be aware of the most potent weapon used in the Falklands. A little wave hugging missile called the Exocet.
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Who cares? The British "royal" family is nothing more than a higher-class welfare crew...

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Old 05-01-2007, 11:22 AM
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The families of those serving around him care.
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This is like having the Presidents daughters serve in Iraq. Mabe some would like to see that, but not a good idea. I think Harry can serve his government in other areas. Can you imagine if he was to be captured and beheaded. That would be a bad thing for everyone. kepp him out, he is a future King. IMHO
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Actually he is third in line. He has an older brother. William.
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