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[I&A] 【整理】2008-03-01:'英国哈利王子在前线'

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Good evening, and welcome to the six o'clock news. Prince Harry has on the front line fighting in Afghanistan for 10 weeks, British media had agreed to keep his deployment secret for his safety and that of his comrades, but the deal broke down after an American base/ website ran the story. The prince, the third in line to the throne has been on active service in some of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan, he said he was proud to be serving his country. Under a deal with the Ministry of Defense Nick Rachel was allowed to film Prince Harry in action.


It's the deployment Harry had been hoping for to join British forces on active service, but which he was denied last year when his unit was sent to Iraq without him, but after a careful discussion which included meetings between defense chiefs and the queen, he was sent to Afghanistan shortly before Christmas .The BBC together with other British organizations agreed not to report the deployment to safeguard his security and that of British forces with him.


Harry has been based in the southern part of Hillmont Province in a former Taliban Madrasa(madrasah) which has been turned by the British into a forward operating base, a small military fortress close to an area where the Taliban are active. It's allowed Harry to realize his ambition and to experience life close to the front line.

"All my wishes have come true, I was always hoping to get forward, um, the Commanding Officer was very sort of cool about it and said 'you don't know,eh, this is where I want you to go'. I'm obviously mark the OC down here and was willing to take that responsibility and I got here on Christmas Eve.


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Harry's been with a Gurkha regiment who have been under attack from the Taliban on a daily basis.

The British positions are easy targets, but in this landscape the Taliban are very much harder to spot, let alone to engage.


"Pop on the right, en, / still go? Yeah, you should / go on, Sir.”


"A lot of the time the guys are engaging sort of invisible firing points coz the Taliban are very good at hiding in their trenches.They put their heads up in that site. And then if you know, if the guys are coming under a lot of fire, then I call the air in and soon the air comes up they disappear and just jumped down these holes or go into their bunkers."


Harry's specific role is that of a tactical air controller or Jtech , calling up aircraft on bombing missions in support of ground forces, much of the work is done from inside 45 positions, huddled over a video screens showing images of possible targets and in touch with ally pilots by radio.


"Yeah, Roger, have you back is to confirm you're not going back or / you’re going back."


But as a tactical air controller, Harry also goes out on foot patrol.


"That’s when you are on the ground carrying all the kit and then you come under contact. You’re type in the password. If your computer is not on the ready, flip it open, get on the radio, get the jets in. And the, yeah yes. You almost become like a bit of an air traffic controller. You've got jets flying all over the place. "

Harry admitted that the decision last year not to send him to Iraq caused him to reconsider whether an army career was feasible, now he appears to be more settled.


"It's very nice to be sort of a normal person, for once I think it's about as normal as I’m ever gonna

get,where is the Gurkhas, you know ,they are just so friendly ,looking after me ,eh, and obviously they were fully aware what is, what the situation is ,/ always keeping an eye open for me ,and then everyone else just get/ some of their daily life. This is/ bigger things going on in the world and going on outside there in the front line, rather than ,you know ,worrying about 'Oh look, look, who's here?.”


And Harry says he is not missing life back at home."What I'm missing the most… I should / thought about / before the started. Em I don’t' know actually. Um.. nothing really. Em it's bizarre. You, I'm not annoy. I haven’t really had a shower for four days. I haven't washed my clothes for a week and everything seems completely normal, hehe. So, yeah I don't know, don't honestly know what I miss at all. You know, Music. We've got music. We've got lights, and we’ve got food. We've got drink. No, I don't miss booze if that is the next question. It's very nice to just to be here. And / be with all the guys and just sort of,you know, mucking in as one of the lads."


For the solider prince who prior to his deployment was showing signs of frustration and not being allowed near a front line, this trip maybe something of a turning point.


"I think, now , I come out here I think it's proved the point that in terms if it is done the right way and kept quite in this,in certain areas ,eh,then it can be done and as far as I'm concerned I'm out here as a normal Jtech on the ground, and not Prince Harry. "


For his family, like the families of all those servicemen and women in Afghanistan and Iraq it will be a time of some anxiety until he returns

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