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The Taliban have said they were doing everything in their power to kidnap or assassinate Prince Harry during his tour of Afghanistan, reports the Daily Mail.
Just four days after the 27-year-old arrived in the volatile Helmand province, militants confirmed that he was one of their prime targets, the newspaper has said.
Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the Army, will today hone his flying skills and get to grips with the fearsome Apache armoury before going out on operations in his role as co-pilot gunner.
The Prince has spent his third night in the Helmand province base, a huge site in the middle of the desert shared with US, Estonian, Danish and Afghan troops in the south west of the country.
Prince Harry will finish the first phase of his initial training at Camp Bastion today before he takes the controls of Apache attack helicopters.
The 27-year-old Army captain arrived in Afghanistan for his second tour of duty on Friday, but he will not be sent out to take on the Taliban for at least another seven days.
Once he completes his two-day RSOI (reception, staging, onward-movement and integration) course in first aid, shooting and IED (improvised explosive device) awareness later today, he will be set to start his Apache-specific preparation.
During this phase of training, which starts tomorrow, he will climb into the cockpit and begin to familiarise himself with the way the deadly aircraft is configured for the war-torn country.
In 2008 Prince Harry had to end his deployment in Afghanistan early after the news was leaked by an Australian magazine. Here he talks of his disappointment at the development:
Harry's first deployment to Afghanistan was shrouded in secrecy. This time the world has been told about the Prince's tour of duty just after he arrived.
Former head of the Army Lord Dannatt tells ITV News that making Prince Harry's Afghan deployment public is the "right thing to do".
He added that risk assessments have concluded Captain Wales' presence in the country will not put him or any of his colleagues in greater danger than already faced during a regular Afghan deployment.
A Royal Marine hailed a "real hero" by Prince Harry after he lost two limbs in an Afghanistan blast sympathised with the royal's urge to return to frontline duties.
Marine Ben McBean told ITV News correspondent Paul Davies of the Prince's desire to go to "war" and serve his country was the natural instinct of any soldier.
After losing an arm and a leg during a mine explosion while out on patrol, Mr McBean was flown back to the UK for further treatment in February 2008.
Also travelling in the military plane was Harry, returning after his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, and he praised the injured serviceman as "the real hero".
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A Royal Marine hailed a "real hero" by Prince Harry says he sympathises with the royal's urge to return to frontline duties.
James Edgar, a journalist at the Press Association, is at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan with Prince Harry on behalf of the British media.