British Army Grounds Harry

In official about-face, young royal won't deploy to Iraq for fear of assassination
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2007 2:49 PM CDT
British Army Grounds Harry
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(Newser) – British brass have dashed 22-year-old Prince Harry's dreams of fighting in Iraq, citing fears of a targeted assassination. The head of Britain’s army made today’s announcement—a reversal from earlier promises that Harry would fight—after a visit to Iraq last week revealed direct threats against the prince.

Harry, who had warned that he would leave the army if he weren’t deployed, has toned down his rhetoric following the ruling. Spokespeople for the third-in-line to the throne say he’s "disappointed" that he won’t deploy with his regiment, the prestigious Blues and Royals, but will stay enlisted. (Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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