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Prince Harry: It's the Taliban, lets get them!

Exclusive: Hero prince's unseen photo war diary

TOP GUN: In camos

LOCKED and loaded, hero Harry races to the danger zone in pursuit of the enemy—deadly Taliban fighters who are hunting the young prince and his comrades.

But the intense desert warfare and sweltering heat doesn't distract the Household Cavalry 2nd Lieutenant.

He remains focused—his trained eye tracking the insurgents who are tailing his patrol on motorbikes.

The third in line to the throne is fully aware he and his brave men are being targeted for an attack,so he orders: "It's the Taliban! Let's turn around and get them."

But as he boldly prepares to fight for Queen and country, the plug is pulled on his battle plans at the last moment. Orders come in from senior officers that his men must only lay down warning shots.

One of those soldiers, who kept a photo diary while serving with Harry, revealed the Prince's frustration: "Harry was p****d off. He was like a dog on a lead, having to be held back.

"Wanting to go after the Taliban like that was just typical of his attitude."

The incident took place in February during 23-year-old Harry's ten-week tour of duty in Afghanistan.

And now, we publish the unseen photos of him in action and reveal how he was:

  • ANNOYED at being held back from the Taliban
  • SHOCKED at seeing Afghan victims blown up by landmines,
  • SHELLED as he and his men tried to treat injured locals, and
  • helped DEFUSE deadly IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
HAPPY AS HARRY: Fun in sun
The soldier who was at Harry's side in Musa Qala, added: "We could do with him back in Afghanistan—Harry would make a great officer.

"But he would be better off with a front-line regiment like the Marines."

And it was clear from the start that action-man Harry was eager to be in the thick things. The soldier explained: "Harry was frustrated he couldn't go on the offensive more and had to be stopped several times. On this occasion, we were returning to camp and being followed by motorbikes that were clearly Taliban.

"They were keeping tabs on us so they could launch an attack. That's what happens. They'd attack us at the end of the day or before first light, then vanish into the desert."

But Prince Harry had other plans for the enemy and set about trying to thwart their sneak tactics.

The soldier said: "Harry got a vehicle to hang back and take them on, if necessary. They were trying to find our lie-up point where we would camp in a wadi (desert ditch). If we had let them follow us, they could have got a suicide bomber to attack us.

"But then Harry was ordered only to fire a warning shot with the GPMG machine gun.

"It's crazy but that's the type of thing we're up against daily with the rules of engagement which say when we can and can't fire.

"Harry was frustrated about this. Don't get me wrong—it wasn't like he was bloodthirsty. He was just being a professional soldier.

"He had no qualms about calling in air or picking up the 50 cal. But he was definitely stopped on more than one occasion. And I know it p****d him off big time."

But it was Harry's determination that made him a big hit with his fellow fighters.

"The fact he wanted to go after the Taliban was why he was liked by his men," said the soldier. "They had a lot of time for him. He mucked in with everything."

Our pictures show what life was like for soldier Harry. As well as relaxing with the lads, he can be seen smoking while on a satellite phone—in the heart of world's deadliest battleground.

We revealed earlier this month how he was almost KILLED by a Taliban rocket and you can now see dramatic footage of his patrol coming under fire here. The soldier remembers how Harry didn't panic and put others before himself.

"We had incoming from the 107mm while treating Afghans and had to leg it sharpish," he recalls. "But Harry was very cool and kept his head down. He was more worried about the poor Afghans than the shelling.

"Harry was in danger all the time —we were under constant attack, including heavy firefight that lasted all day and all night. He was in the thick of it doing a calm, professional job."

This same coolness was displayed by Harry when confronted with deadly IEDs scattered around the area, hidden away beneath the sand.

The soldier said: "They are the most destructive things out there and Harry had day-to-day dealings with them. His unit found a record number of IEDs—somethings like 18.

"It was clear Harry wanted to learn. He'd pick up the battery pack of an IED to see how it was put together."

But Harry struggled to hide his hatred for landmines, something he's clearly inherited from his mother.

The soldier added: "You could see it in his face when he saw an Afghan landmine victim we were helping. He said landmines were 'monstrous' things but he knows you've just got to get on with it and deal with them."

Harry was eventually withdrawn from his secret mission to Helmand when a media blackout was broken by foreign websites in February.

The soldier adds: "Harry was furious he had to go home. We could tell he wanted to stay as one of the lads.

"Nothings fazed him, which showed us what a good leader he was."

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