Taliban leaders have fired back at Prince Harry over the royal’s comments that piloting a helicopter in Afghanistan—where he says he killed insurgents during his recent tour of duty—is like playing a video game.
‘PlayStation and Xbox’
Harry, who co-piloted an Apache helicopter during his 20-week tour, made the comparison in an interview broadcast by the BBC Monday night.
“It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox,” the 28-year-old said. “So with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful.”
The Taliban did not appreciate the comparison.
“This statement is not even worth condemning. It is worse than that,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told London’s Telegraph. “To describe the war in Afghanistan as a game demeans anyone—especially a prince, who is supposed to be made of better things… It shows the lack of understanding, of knowledge. It shows they are unfamiliar with the situation and shows why they are losing. … It’s not a game. It’s very, very real.”
‘Take a life to save a life’
In comments published in the Daily Mirror on Monday, Harry confirmed that he killed Taliban insurgents during his deployment. The prince, known as Captain Wales and nicknamed “Ugly,” said he fired on the Taliban during an attack on Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan last fall.
“Take a life to save a life,” he said. “That’s what we revolve around, I suppose.”
Sharifullah Kamawal, a member of the Afghan parliament, told the Telegraph that Harry’s latest comments could disrupt relations between soldiers and locals there.
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Source: Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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