Your Community

Should the British army have sent Harry to Afghanistan again?

Categories: Community, World

After Prince Harry began a four-month tour of duty in Afghanistan Friday, the Taliban announced that the prince is the target of a "high-value plan" to kill him.

 Prince Harry will start work as an Apache co-pilot and gunner within 10 days in the restive Afghan province of Helmand, the British military says. (John Stillwell/Reuters)"We will do our best to kill Prince Harry and Britain's other troops based in Helmand," said a Taliban spokesman who gave his name as Zabihullah Mujahid. He spoke to Agence France-Presse by telephone from an undisclosed location.

The last time the British military sent Harry to Afghanistan in 2008, it tried to keep the information secret and entered into agreements with British media to keep his tour under wraps until he returned.

Lt. Harry Wales, as he was known to the military, served as an air controller, co-ordinating pilots and forces on the ground and calling in air strikes on Taliban fighters.

Harry was pulled from Afghanistan 10 weeks into his tour after Australian, German and American media leaked the information.

Now an army captain, Harry will serve as co-pilot and gunner on an Apache attack helicopter based at Camp Bastion, a British base in Helmand province.

In an interview with CBS News in March, Harry said he was eager to return to Afghanistan in a combat role.

"You can't train people and then not put them into the role they need to play. For me personally, as I said, I want to serve my country. I've done it once, and I'm still in the army, I feel as though I should get the opportunity to do it again," he said.

Should the British army have sent Harry into Afghanistan again? Should they have attempted to keep his deployment secret, as they did in 2008? Let us know what you think.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

Tags: Community, POV, U.K., World

Comments are closed.