Britain's Prince Harry to be deployed in Iraq

Prince Harry will be serving as a soldier in Iraq by the end of the month, a British newspaper reported Saturday. Defense Secretary Des Browne is expected to announce Feb. 26 that the prince, who is third in line to the throne, will be deployed along with his regiment near Basra in southern Iraq, The Daily Mirror newspaper reported, citing an unnamed senior military official. A royal family spokesman declined to comment and the Defense Ministry called the report speculative, saying upcoming Iraq deployments had yet to be finalized. The 22-year-old prince, known as Troop Commander Wales by his regiment - the Blues and Royals - has trained to command 11 soldiers and four Scimitar tanks. The Defense Ministry has previously confirmed Harry could go to Iraq if his unit was deployed there, but said he might be kept out of situations where his presence would jeopardize his comrades.