The Afghan Taliban said Monday that they are determined to kill Prince Harry, helicopter pilot fighting in the British army in Afghanistan to return for a second military mission. “We will do our best to kill Prince Harry and other members of the British forces based in Helmand, province of southern Afghanistan, considered one of the strongholds of the Taliban insurgency, said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the insurgents.
“We are not trying to kidnap him, but kill him,” he said in a telephone interview, adding that the Taliban had established a “very important plan” to attack the third in the sequence the British throne. A four-month temporary assignmentPrince Harry, 27, known as Captain Wales, arrived last week at Camp Bastion in Helmand province for a temporary assignment for four months as driver Apache helicopter, according to the British Army. This mission is the second in the country for Prince Harry, but the first released by the British authorities. His previous mission in Afghanistan, which began in December 2007, had been carefully kept secret until it was shortened after ten weeks for safety reasons, in March 2008, after the disclosure by the media’s presence. The UK, along with 9,500 soldiers, the second largest contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan after the United States. The country, which has lost 425 men since the conflict began in 2001, intends to withdraw its troops by the end of 2014.