A senior Taliban official slapped Prince Harry on Friday after the king revealed he had killed 25 people on military service in Afghanistan, saying it was like removing “chess pieces” from a board.
In his memoir, due to be published next week, Harry reveals the exact number of people he killed during two trips of duty, British media reported.
“My number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but it doesn’t embarrass me either,” he wrote in the book Spare, due out Tuesday.
Prince Harry committed “war crimes”.
Anas Haqqani, a senior Taliban leader, criticized the Duke of Sussex for the remarks, saying those killed by Harry were Afghans who had families.
“Mr Harry! Those you killed were not pawns, they were people,” Haqqani tweeted, accusing the prince of committing “war crimes.”
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“The truth is what you said; Our innocent people were pawns to your soldiers, military and political leaders.
“Nevertheless, you were defeated in this ‘game’.”
Harry served 10 years in the British military and rose to the rank of Captain.
“Enemies of Mankind”
He conducted two sorties against the Taliban, first as a forward air controller ordering airstrikes in 2007 and 2008, and later flying a helicopter gunship in 2012 and 2013.
Cameras mounted on the nose of his Apache helicopter allowed him to assess his missions and determine with certainty how many he had killed.
He justified his actions with the memory of the September 11 attacks in the USA and after meetings with the families of the victims.
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Those responsible and their sympathizers are “enemies of humanity” and fighting them is an act of revenge for a crime against humanity, he wrote in the book.
Harry has since expressed concerns about his safety due to his royal status and his time fighting Islamist extremists.