World

Members of Prince Harry's regiment off to Afghanistan

British soldiers from Prince Harry's regiment will be deployed to Afghanistan this fall, but there's no word on whether the young royal will be sent.

British soldiers from Prince Harry's regiment will be deployed to Afghanistan this fall, but there's no word on whether the young royal will be sent.

British Defence Secretary Des Browne made the announcement on Thursday, but refused to say whether the third-in-line to the British throne would go.

A second lieutenant in the Blues and Royals, Harry was prevented from going to Iraq earlier this year with members ofhis regiment.

Britain's Ministry of Defence had initially announced his deployment to Iraq, but later reversed the decision, saying his high-profile presence could jeopardize the safety of his colleagues.

Harry is a tank commander trained to lead a 12-person team in four armoured reconnaissance vehicles, and has publicly expressed his desire to serve with his men.

About 7,000 British soldiers are serving in Afghanistan, under the NATO-led mission to clamp down on Taliban extremists.

Most are deployed in the southern Helmand province, next to Kandahar province, where roughly 2,500 Canadian soldiers are deployed.

If Harry is deployed, he would be the first member of the British Royal Family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, served as a helicopter pilot in Britain's conflict with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.

With files from the Associated Press