Prince Harry isn't yet back from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, but today (Sunday) there are new reports he could return to the war zone for a third time. In a Jan., 20 report, by a U.K. publication, an insider reveals military leaders are considering sending the now very experienced Apache helicopter pilot to Afghanistan yet again, possibly as early as 2014. "Harry and his outfit have been very good out there. He is now highly experienced. Veterans like Harry know their stuff and are sure to be called on again,” the Daily Star quotes a source as saying.
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The UK is set to withdrawal troops in 2014. Why, then, would go Prince Harry return? The answer, according to sources, has to do with the third-in-line to the throne's expertise in providing security for ground troops. "Apache crews may have to serve longer than many ground units to protect British and Afghan troops during the handover to local control," the report reads.
Prince Harry is expected to return home to the UK after a four month tour of duty any day now. Under Military of Defense guidelines he'll reportedly need to be given at least 16 months off before he can return to active duty. That means Prince Harry could theoretically be called to return to Afghanistan as early as late next spring.