Prince William `determined` to fight in Afghanistan

Prince William is "determined" to fight in war-torn Afghanistan where his younger brother has already served as part of the British Army.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 00:27 AM IST

London: Prince William, the future
monarch of Britain, is "determined" to fight in war-torn
Afghanistan where his younger brother has already served as
part of the British Army.

28-year-old William, who has just passed his
helicopter pilot`s course, underlined his "determination" to
fight in Afghanistan, saying the reasons against it are "hyped
up".

"It`s just a pity I couldn`t go to Afghanistan. And
there are some slightly valid arguments as to why not, but
many of them were hyped up as to why I couldn`t go," said
William, who is second in line to the throne.

"I still have hope and faith and real determination to
go out there," he was quoted as saying by the Sun tabloid
today.

The future British monarch completed his first shift
as an RAF search and rescue co-pilot a few weeks ago.

Williams younger brother, 26-year-old Harry, served
with the British forces in Afghanistan for 10 weeks but was
withdrawn in 2008 after media reported the deployment,
triggering security fears.

A total of 340 British servicemen have lost their
lives in Afghanistan since the start of the 2001 military
campaign that has some 10,000 troops as part of a NATO-led
force.

PTI