Friday, May 04, 2007

Report: Prince Harry's deployment delayed

Second Lieutenant Harry Wales of the Household Cavalry will deploy to Iraq as a member of the 'A' Squadron of the Blues and Royals. He will be the first British royal to serve in a war zone since Prince Andrew during the Falklands war. Harry is third in line to the English throne, and there has been widespread talk amongst the royals and military about forbidding him from going, but he is reported to have threatened to quit the military if he is not sent.

LONDON: Britain's Prince Harry will be sent to Iraq as late as possible to give his comrades vital time to assess the dangers posed by militia groups in the strife-torn country, army sources said on Thursday.

The move gives troops in the Royal's unit, the Household Cavalry's A Squadron, the chance to be in position and let them gain combat experience before his arrival, The Sun tabloid quoted sources as saying...

Harry's unit begins its six month tour of duty this week with most of his colleagues flying out over the next seven days.

The Royal's 1 Mechanised Brigade replaces 19 Light Brigade as the main fighting troops in southern Iraq, which has witnessed massive increase in violence in recent months as insurgents battle to oust British forces early.

From the Times of India

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