Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mishandling a Prince at War

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mishandling a Prince at War

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THE DECISION by the Army not to send Prince Harry to Iraq is sensible - although it has, understandably, been badly received by families whose own sons have died in the conflict. It was always clearly going to be dangerous for the Prince to be deployed in Basra - and indeed for the men under his command.

As we report today, Army chiefs are now considering posting him to a less volatile area, which would be far more appropriate while allowing the Prince to fulfil his dream of seeing frontline action.

There were a number of reports that insurgent groups under Iranian control were making plans to target him on his arrival in Basra and it has been suggested that a recent fatal attack on a British convoy was a dry run for an attempt on the Prince's life. But the risks were apparent even before that: why did it take the Army so long to make this decision? The announcement by the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, followed Army assurances last month that Prince Harry would indeed be deployed in Iraq. …

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