Prince Harry being withdrawn from combat duty in Afghanistan


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Nov 5, 2007
Via Reuters:
Britain's Prince Harry is being withdrawn from Afghanistan immediately, the Defence Ministry said on Friday, after news leaked on the Internet that he had been secretly fighting on the front lines for 10 weeks. Harry, 23, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth and third in line to the throne, was sent to Afghanistan in December, but the British media maintained a blackout on reporting the deployment under an agreement with the Ministry of Defence.

That agreement collapsed on Thursday after Web sites in Australia, Germany and the United States leaked the news.

"Following a detailed assessment of the risks by the operational chain of command, the decision has been taken ... to withdraw Prince Harry from Afghanistan immediately," the ministry said in a statement.

"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 as an individual soldier."

Harry, the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, has been active during his 10 weeks of combat, calling in air strikes against Taliban positions, carrying out foot patrols and firing a heavy-duty machine gun at suspected fighters.

Commanders described him as a "model soldier" and were quick to praise his bravery. It is the first time a British royal has been deployed in combat since the Falklands war 25 years ago, when Harry's uncle Prince Andrew flew helicopters.

But now that knowledge of Harry's role is widely known, there are concerns he could become a target of the Taliban, al Qaeda or other Islamist militants operating in the country. As well as his safety there are concerns for his regiment.
it looks like Matt Drudge is the one who leaked it on the internet. that's just dumb. i mean he's unveiled some cool and interesting and even controversial stuff, but this was not some lead he had that no one else knew about. all kinds of news agencies knew about this and kept it quiet for Harry's safety and the safety of his fellow soldiers.