Prince William flies into Afghanistan to honour war dead

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Prince William flew into Afghanistan on Sunday for a special remembrance service to honour Britain's war dead, including those killed in the troubled nation, his office said here.

The Prince attended the service at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, on Remembrance Sunday -- when Britain pays tribute to those killed in the course of conflict. He also laid a wreath in their honour before flying back home.

The 28-year-old, who is second in line to the throne, was joined by the government's Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

"Remembrance Sunday is a time when the entire country stops to recognise the sacrifices made by the armed forces on our behalf," Fox said.

"I am extremely proud that Prince William and I could come to Camp Bastion to stand alongside the men and women serving in Afghanistan today.

"I pay tribute to them, and everyone who has served before them in this conflict, and others on behalf of the freedoms that the British people enjoy."

Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, mostly in Helmand, making it the second largest contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

Prince William had already paid a secret visit to the country in 2008, visiting frontline troops in Kandahar.

His younger brother, Harry, had served with the British army in Afghanistan for 10 weeks, but was withdrawn in 2008 after media reported the deployment.

© 2010 AFP

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