NOS News•yesterday, 13:14•Edited yesterday, 14:12
Prince Harry has angered British veterans when he revealed that he had killed more than 20 Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan. He writes about this in his autobiography that will be released next week, but was already available in Spanish bookshops yesterday.
Harry served two terms in the British Army in Afghanistan. The last time (2012-2013) was as co-pilot and gunner of an Apache helicopter. He said in 2013 that he had killed Taliban fighters. In his book he now mentions the number of 25. He knows this precisely because the video images were analyzed afterwards.
“It’s not a statistic I was proud of, but I wasn’t ashamed of it either,” Harry writes. “In the heat and confusion of the fight, I didn’t think of those 25 as people. They were chess pieces taken off the board. Bad people knocked out before they could kill good people.”
A soldier who was in Afghanistan at the same time as Harry called the revelation to a radio station “very disappointing”. “You only share this with people you know and only with your very best friends. Not with people in the cafe and you certainly don’t make it public like now.”
A former officer who also fought in Afghanistan thinks the passage suggests that the British army is teaching soldiers to see the enemy as non-human. “The opposite is the case,” he told Sky News.
He calls the revelation unwise, because it could lead to revenge against Harry himself and British soldiers around the world. “Let’s hope they don’t.” According to the officer, Harry has tarnished his reputation with this.
His other family
Another officer tells The Independent newspaper that Harry has now turned against “his other family, the army”. According to him, the revelations in Harry’s autobiography are intended to make as much money as possible.
“I love you Prince Harry, but you have to stop,” Ben McBean tweeted. “You wonder what he’s hanging out with. If they’re good people, someone should have told him to stop.”
The former marine lost two legs and a forearm in Afghanistan in 2008. Harry then called him a national hero and met McBean several times.
A former national security adviser tells Sky News that he would have advised Harry against telling this story in detail. “But it’s just there.”
The Taliban have also responded. “Those you killed were not chess pieces but people; they had families waiting for their return,” a representative of the radical Islamic regime wrote on Twitter.
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