The last time Prince Harry served his country in Afghanistan, he was sent home early after the media began chronicling his whereabouts. This time around, his own government has decided to let the world know the Royal is back in the Middle East, which, depending on who you talk to, is either a shrewd move or incredibly stupid.

Since the Prince’s deployment was first announced, the Taliban published a statement saying it has a “high-value plan” to kill him while he serves in Helmand. As a licensed pilot of Apache helicopters, Harry will spend most of his time escorting and providing back-up for troops on the ground. Assumedly, the Taliban will be increasing its efforts to sabotage such vehicles, but since the British allegedly haven’t lost a single one in Afghanistan, that’s not the easiest task.

On the one hand, it’s easy to see why the British Government would want the people to know Harry is fighting for his country. It’s great publicity for both the Royal family and the cause itself. It also has gotten people to stop talking about Harry’s recent scandal in Vegas. On the other hand, everyone knowing his location makes his entire unit more of a target. If he was ever killed in the line of duty, it would be a horrible blow to morale and a public relations nightmare.

According to AFP, Britain’s Ministry of Defense says it has monitored the risks and will continue to do so in the future. Obviously, at this point in time, the bureau is convinced more information is a good thing. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…

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