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Baby boy born near battlefield

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LONDON -- A British soldier has given birth to a son while serving in Afghanistan at the same camp where Prince Harry is deployed and a Taliban attack last week killed two U.S. marines.

The birth in a combat zone field hospital is thought to be the first case of its type for Britain's military.

The Fijian national, a gunner with the Royal Artillery, delivered the child Tuesday at Camp Bastion, the major British base in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, which last week suffered a major attack in which two U.S. marines were killed and six American fighter jets destroyed.

Britain's defence ministry said Thursday it had not been aware the soldier was pregnant, and stressed it does not allow female soldiers to deploy on operation if they are pregnant.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 21, 2012 A18

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