Army Chief Sending Prince Harry to Iraq

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

London (AP) Prince Harry is going to Iraq. That word from the head of the British Army.

Sir Richard Dannatt says he personally decided that the third in line to the British throne will serve with a combat unit in Iraq. He says he hopes his decision will end what he called the ``somewhat frenzied'' media speculation.

Harry would become the first royal to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in Britain's conflict with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.

The 22-year-old second lieutenant is a tank commander trained to lead a 12-man team in four armored reconnaissance vehicles. His regiment is due to begin a six-month tour of duty in Iraq within weeks.

Commanders reportedly had reconsidered their decision to allow the prince to fight in Iraq for fear his presence could endanger other soldiers.

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