Prince Harry Likely to Return to Active Service in Afghanistan

Prince Harry, who was pulled out of Afghanistan in February 2008, has reportedly been cleared to return to active frontline military service.

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The British military will not comment on the reports, but it is said that Prince Harry is keen on returning. Prince Harry was forced to leave the military in 2008 after news broke that he had been secretly fighting against the Taliban.

“Following a detailed assessment of the risks by the operational chain of command, the decision has been taken … to withdraw Prince Harry from Afghanistan immediately,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement in February 2008. “This decision has been taken primarily on the basis that the worldwide media coverage of Prince Harry in Afghanistan could impact on the security of those who are deployed there, as well as the risks to him as an individual soldier.”

The prince served for 10 weeks in Afghanistan as a forward air controller in 2007-08, directing jets bombing Taliban positions in Helmand province.

Since he was pulled out of Afghanistan, the Prince has qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot but will need to finish “conversion to role” training in England before being redeployed.

Clarence House said the prince’s redeployment was a matter for the army. It said: “Harry is an army pilot and will deploy wherever the army chooses to send him. His course finishes in 2012 and after that his deployment will be a matter for the army chain of command.”

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