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Prince Harry set to fly home; The World Today.

Byline: By John Bingham

PRINCE HARRY was last night preparing to return to Britain after being pulled out of his frontline deployment in Afghanistan for his own safety and that of his fellow soldiers.

The 23-year-old Household Cavalry officer, who has been secretly fighting the Taliban in Helmand Province, is due to fly home after an emergency extraction ordered by the Chief of Defence Staff.

The exit, a major blow for the Prince, came after a news blackout deal broke down, following leaks about his deployment on foreign websites.

The prince is said to be angered by the latest developments but he will face a hero's welcome from the British public with tributes led by the Queen, who said her grandson had performed "a good job in a very difficult climate".

In a statement last night, the Ministry of Defence said: "Following a detailed assessment of the risks by the operational chain of command, the decision has been taken by Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of Defence Staff, in consultation with General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff, to withdraw Prince Harry from Afghanistan immediately.

"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."

It was General Dannatt who faced the task last year of announcing a U-turn on plans to deploy the Prince to Iraq.

Intelligence picked up a series of threats to Harry after details of his planned deployment were announced.

It is feared the revelation that the prince has been fighting would increase the tempo of attacks on British forces by the Taliban.


TARGET...Prince Harry is now in danger and must come home, say army top brass.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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