We Were Hunting Harry: Taliban

Militants after 'important chicken'
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 5:00 AM CST
Britain's Prince Harry is seen at work in the Fire Planning Cell at JTAC Hill, close to a Forward Operating Base in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Prince Harry's secret tour of duty, due to last...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Taliban militants knew Britain's Prince Harry was deployed with his infantry unit in Afghanistan and were plotting to kidnap or kill him, one of their leaders tells Newsweek.
Deputy Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Karim claims he learned of the presence of "an important chicken" as long ago as December, despite attempts by British Army brass to keep the prince's presence a secret.

"He is our special enemy," said Karim of Harry. "Our first option was to capture him as a prisoner, and the second, to kill him." His men twice reported possible sightings of Harry in the Helmand district but never got close to their target, said Karim. Harry, whose job was to call in air strikes on Taliban positions, was extracted from the war zone after the Drudge Report blew a British press blackout on his deployment.