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    Prince Harry to go to IRAQ

    HARRY TO FIGHT IN IRAQ

    PRINCE Harry will be serving on the front line in Iraq by the end of the month.

    The 22-year-old prince will head for Basra with comrades from the Blues and Royals Regiment within days and will then probably be deployed along the border with Iran.

    A senior military source said: "The final details are being sorted, but he is definitely going. Naturally, his royal status has to be taken into account - but he will see action."

    Second Lieutenant Harry, who insisted on going, is likely to be in charge of a troop of 12 soldiers in light armoured vehicles.

    They are expected to be sent on reconnaissance missions, spending days or even weeks out in the desert. Defence Secretary Des Browne is expected to announce the news on February 26.

    PRINCE Harry is being sent to Iraq after making it clear he was not willing to sit out the war in safety while comrades risked their lives.

    A senior military source said: "He has insisted on being able to perform his duties as any other officer would. He won't be just flying a desk.

    "As a young officer Harry will want to go to war as a point of pride. There would have been no point in him training for this if that was never going to happen."

    Second Lieutenant Harry, who will be known as Troop Commander Wales by colleagues in the Blues and Royals Regiment, warned superiors he would resign his commission if he was denied active service in Afghanistan or Iraq on security grounds.

    Defence Secretary Des Browne is expected to officially announce in the Commons on February 26 that Harry is off to the front line.

    The prince will arrive in Iraq in the middle of massive security clampdowns centred on Baghdad and Basra. More than 1,200 British troops are sweeping across Southern Iraq in pursuit of insurgents.

    All border crossings into Iran have been closed and road checkpoints reinforced to cut off supply routes.

    Men from the Blues and Royals are among troops scheduled to replace soldiers from the 19th Light Brigade in April. But military commanders and royal aides have decided to allow Harry to head to Iraq early after spending months debating the issue.

    They decided it was best for the 22-year-old prince, third in line to the throne, to go while the clampdown is still under way.

    The source said: "The thinking was always that Harry would go to war but perhaps during the safest period."

    Once he arrives in Basra he will receive intelligence briefings on the insurgency in Iraq. After a few days he will be probably be deployed along the Iranian border to help the security operation against Shia insurgents.

    Harry, who graduated from Sandhurst Military Academy last year, will lead his troop of 12 men in light armoured vehicles on missions to gather intelligence.

    It is not known if Harry's private secretary, former SAS officer Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, will join him. But he will be "mentored" by an experienced and older soldier - probably a sergeant.

    His mobile force may spend days or even weeks out in the desert, possibly in the volatile Maysan Province. Although isolated from the main battle group, Harry is likely to operate some distance from dangerous towns.

    As a small mobile unit, it is unlikely to face sustained mortar and rocket attacks. His men are likely to drive small Scimitar or Spartan tanks fitted with 30mm cannon and sleep out in the open.

    The tanks have night vision technology to spy out ambushes. It is possible they will be given open-top, lightly armoured vehicles - essentially Land Rovers fitted with heavy machine guns.

    Recce troops are trained in operating behind enemy lines or as close to them as possible. Although his duties sound hazardous, Harry's troops will be well-protected by air support if caught in a battle.

    Their nature of their mission means they avoid roads - reducing the risk of casualties from the roadside bombs that have killed so many British soldiers. It is thought unlikely Harry will be required to go into rebel towns.

    The Royal Family have a long history of war service. George II was the last king to lead troops into battle, when his army beat the French at Dettingen in 1743.

    The Queen's father George VI was in the Royal Navy before becoming king and saw action at the Battle of Jutland in the First World War on HMS Collingwood.

    Of the current royals, Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

    Prince Andrew was a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War.
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    In spite of your views on either the Royal Family or the war in Iraq you have to admire Prince Harry. A simple phone call is all it would have taken to get him transferred to somewhere safe yet he refused to neglect his duty.

    He is a credit to the Royal Family as indeed all our troops who are involved in wars around the world.
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    I agree Alan - fair play to him. No matter what he has done that has been of bad press lately, he has insisted on going to Iraq no matter what his "status" is. With all of the roadside bomb attacks etc that are still happening, he could quite easily be killed out there alongside many more of our troops, but he is not neglecting his duty, not using his Royal status, and is wanting to be treated like any other soldier.

    When he is deployed, I'll be hoping for his safe return along with all of the other troops both currently out there and due to be deployed.

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    Good on him for insisting on going to war. He could so easily have got out of it and become a pen pusher but he wanted to fullfil his duty.

    My only worry is if he is kidnapped and used for political purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelly belly View Post
    My only worry is if he is kidnapped and used for political purposes.
    I never thought of that, well I do admire him for doing what he is doing, we will just have to hope nothing like that happens.

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    good on him for not taking the easy option, which im sure he could have done.
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    Call me a cynic and a conspiracy theorist - but I would say this proves that James Hewitt is his father.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinity View Post
    Call me a cynic and a conspiracy theorist - but I would say this proves that James Hewitt is his father.
    Bang goes your OBE then.
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    all credit to him- he could have stayed behind the desk but he wants to get involved

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    MP's "to hear of Harry's deployment"

    The deployment of Prince Harry's regiment to Iraq is expected to be confirmed by Defence Secretary Des Browne in a Commons statement.

    He is due to brief MPs on the units being sent in April as part of a rotation of troops.

    The prince would be the first senior royal to serve on the front line since Prince Andrew in the Falklands in 1982.

    His regiment, the Blues and Royals, is expected to be told it will serve in Iraq as part of the latest deployments.

    On Wednesday night, BBC political editor Nick Robinson said he understood the prince's regiment would be deployed.

    "He will almost certainly be part of that," he added.

    The Ministry of Defence has declined to confirm rotation details, as have Downing Street and Clarence House.

    Reconnaissance

    Prince Harry graduated from Sandhurst in April last year and qualified as an armoured reconnaissance troop leader in October.


    MILITARY ROYALS
    Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy during World War II
    Prince of Wales obtained RAF wings, joined the navy in 1971 and now hold ceremonial posts in the Army, Royal Navy and RAF
    Prince Andrew saw active service during the Falklands War
    Prince Edward had a brief stint with the Royal Marines

    Known to colleagues as Troop Commander Wales, he is able to lead 11 men carrying out reconnaissance work using four light armoured Scimitar tanks. Such units act as the Army's "eyes and ears".

    Mr Browne's announcement will take the form of a written statement to the House of Commons.

    It comes after Prime Minister Tony Blair told MPs that 1,600 British troops would return from Iraq within the next few months.

    He said the 7,100 serving troops in the south of Iraq around Basra would be cut to 5,500 soon, with hopes that 500 more will leave by late summer.

    Prince Andrew, Harry's uncle, was a helicopter pilot in the Falklands conflict.

    John Nichol, a former RAF navigator shot down during the first Iraq War in 1991, said it was right for the prince to serve on the front line.

    "If we were not going to allow him to go to war, he shouldn't have gone into the army," he told GMTV.

    "You join the army, you know what you are doing, and you want to go and do it to prove to yourself and those around you that you are capable of doing it."

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