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May 18,2007
Prince Harry disappointed about Iraq
by UPI

LONDON - If Iraq is too dangerous for Prince Harry, it's too dangerous for other British soldiers, families of British troops killed in the war said.

"Phil was my prince and he had to go," Sue Smith, whose son Phillip Hewitt, 21, was killed by a roadside bomb in 2005, told the Mirror newspaper.

The decision not to send the prince to Iraq "makes Harry's life seem more important than those of our children," said Reg Keys, whose son, Tom, 20, died in Iraq, the Mirror reported.

On Wednesday, British army head Gen. Richard Dannatt said reversed his decision to deploy Prince Harry to Basra, Iraq, saying the risk to the prince and to those serving with him was too great.

"Harry is very disappointed not to be going to Iraq. He wanted to serve with his boys," a royal source told The Daily Mail.

The decision stung parents of soldiers killed in Iraq.

"If Prince Harry has not to go then the whole lot of them should be brought back home as soon as possible -- starting from now," Rose Gentle of Glasgow, whose son Gordon, 19, was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra, told the Mirror.

Copyright ©  2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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