Taliban threat as prince goes back on the frontline

As Britain’s Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to fly attack helicopters on the frontline, senior Taliban commanders have said they would use Afghan army recruits to try to either kidnap or assassinate him.

Taliban commander Maulvi Ahmadullah Ahmadyar said “we are always in search for such precious birds”.

“Our priority will be to kidnap him at any cost as we have our informers at the military base being used by the British troops here in Helmand.

“And if we don’t succeed then obviously we would like to eliminate him through our Afghan friends working with British troops.”

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Queen Elizabeth’s grandson would serve a four-month tour, based out of Camp Bastion in Helmand Province — one of the most volatile regions in the country where Britain has been fighting alongside the US since 2001.

“Working alongside his colleagues in the squadron, he will be in a difficult and demanding job,” said Lieutenant Colonel Tom de la Rue in a statement.

The prince, known in the military as Captain Wales, first served in Afghanistan in 2008 as an on-ground air controller, but his tour was cut short after foreign media broke a news blackout requested to protect him while on the front line. The MoD said the danger was less severe in helicopters.

The 27-year-old prince made the headlines last month when naked pictures of him with a young woman in Las Vegas went viral.

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