Prince Harry Hopes for Another Deployment

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Prince Harry, home from his military mission to Afghanistan, says he hopes to be on the front lines again as soon as possible.

Harry returned to England, Saturday, after his secret deployment to the volatile Helmand province in Afghanistan was cut short. Military officials were concerned the 23-year-old prince could become a "bullet magnet."

His tour of duty, due to last until April, came to an abrupt end after a magazine and Web sites disclosed details of his whereabouts.

"I'm back here now and I suppose deep down inside it's quite nice, I'm looking forward to having a bath," Prince Harry said. "I would like to have stayed back with the guys."

Harry was responsible for coordinating air strikes against the Taliban, and even engaged in gunfights against Taliban fighters.

He said he was realistic about the consequences of fighting against the Taliban.

"You do what you have to do, what's necessary to save your own guys," he said. "If you need to drop a bomb, worst case scenario then you will, but then that's just the way it is."

Harry said a number of wounded troops were transported home on his flight back to Britain.

"The bravery of the guys out there was humbling," he said.

Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt, head of Britain's army, said there is no immediate prospect of the prince returning to the front line for 12 to 18 months.

"Actually, the immediate prospect of Prince Harry going anywhere else is some way off in the future," he said, explaining that the prince has a usual rest period and then a number of training and regimental commitments.

Other royals have also seen combat - most recently the prince's uncle, Prince Andrew, who flew Royal Navy helicopters during the 1982 Falklands War. Their grandfather, Prince Philip, served on Royal Navy battleships during World War II.

Source: The Associated Press

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