UK military: No plan to end Harry's Afghan tour

September 15, 2012 - 12:35 PM
Afghanistan

FILE - Photo dated 7/9/2012 of Britain's Prince Harry examining the cockpit of an Apache helicopter with a member of his squadron (name not provided) at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, where he will be operating from during his tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner. The prince was unharmed after an attack on the Camp Bastion compound in which two US Marines were killed and several more wounded Saturday Sept. 15, 2012. US officials said the attack last night was by heavily-armed insurgents and involved a range of weaponry, including mortars, rockets or rocket-propelled grenades, as well as small arms fire. Harry was about two kilometres away with other crew members of the Apache attack helicopters, when the attack took place, sources said. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/pool file)

LONDON (AP) — Britain says it doesn't plan to cut short Prince Harry's deployment to Afghanistan, despite the Taliban attack on the base where he is stationed.

Two U.S. Marines died in the assault on Camp Bastion in Helmand Province Friday, and Taliban claimed it carried out the attack to avenge an anti-Islamic film that insulted the Prophet Muhammad and because Harry is there.

Britain's defense ministry said the prince's deployment was carefully planned and the threat to all British troops "is continually assessed and all measures taken to mitigate it."

Harry's status as third in line to the throne has complicated his military career. A deployment to Iraq was announced, then abandoned, in 2007.

His tour to Afghanistan in 2007-2008 was cut short after 10 weeks when a media blackout was breached.