Taliban: Prince Harry Shouldn't Kill

'Captain Wales' to return to Afghanistan this year; he'll be Taliban target
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2012 1:40 AM CST
Harry greets fans as he leaves a church service behind Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Newly qualified Apache helicopter pilot Prince Harry is expected to return to Afghanistan for a tour of duty this year, and the people he might be shooting at aren't happy about it. "A prince should use his position to help people, not to come and kill people around the world," a Taliban spokesman tells the Telegraph. Harry, whose training included a stint in the US, is expected to serve as a co-pilot gunner in a two-man crew.

British authorities ordered a media blackout during Harry's tour of Afghanistan as an infantryman in 2008, but they have decided he is less vulnerable this time, despite Taliban threats. "We will use all our power to kill or capture the prince," the Taliban spokesman vowed, although he claimed Harry would be treated like any other prisoner if captured. Harry's older brother, William, meanwhile, is serving as a helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands—and Argentina is angry about it. (Read more British royals stories.)

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