Prince Harry has no regrets gunning down the Taliban in six Afghan missions: killings were filmed
New details have emerged on Prince Harry’s revelation that he killed 25 Taliban militants during his official trips to Afghanistan.
In an excerpt from his memoir Spare, published by Yahoo, the Duke of Sussex, 38, paints a picture of a reality in which he and his colleagues have done what they felt was necessary for the good of mankind.
Harry said: “I was part of six missions that resulted in the loss of life and they were all deemed justified… I deemed them equal.”
He left his time in the military with a clear conscience and only one regret: that the job was not finished.
“I had questions and concerns about the war, but none of them were moral. I still believed in the mission and the only shots I thought twice about were the ones I didn’t take.”
Prince Harry pictured himself conducting pre-flight checks in the cockpit of a helicopter early in the morning
Prince Harry was pictured next to an Apache helicopter on October 31, 2012. He revealed in his memoirs that all of the killings were caught on video, which was later played and analyzed
In the new excerpt, Harry, who was known as Captain Wales during his service, also details how each murder was caught on camera and reviewed in detail after each mission on a plasma television mounted on a wall in a gun tape room.
“Every murder was on video,” he said. “The Apache saw everything. The camera in his nose recorded everything. So, after each mission, there would be a careful review of this video.”
Squadron commanders searched the footage to ensure that none of the soldiers had made a mistake, missed, or misjudged anything in the heat of battle.
Harry claims that it was a time when all soldiers feared that he was haunted by the fear of ever harming a civilian.
The prince’s open confessions have also made it dangerous for westerners who have remained in Kabul. Animal rights group chief Pen Farthing announced Friday night that he was forced to flee the city for fear of retaliatory attacks.
Harry during his second deployment to Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan in 2012
Prince Harry in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in 2008
His revelations marked the first time Harry had given the number of insurgents he had personally killed during his time in Afghanistan, where he went in both 2007-8 and 2012 and flew an Apache attack helicopter during his second tour.
In the memoir, Harry acknowledged that many of his comrades could not say exactly how many people they killed during the war.
But he said he made it a priority to keep records from the moment he arrived, hold himself accountable and keep his conscience clear.
The prince was first deployed as a forward air controller in Helmand province in 2007, but his first tour of duty was cut short when an Australian magazine accidentally broke a media embargo.
He returned with the Department of Defense in 2012 and released his second deployment on the understanding that the media would allow him to proceed with the task at hand.
Harry sits in an armored vehicle in Helmand province in February 2008
After learning to fly Apache helicopters, Harry was deployed to Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan in 2012, where he stayed for 20 weeks.
During his 2012 tour, Harry helped provide helicopter support to the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan Defense Forces operating throughout Helmand Province.
From Camp Bastion, the 662 Squadron Army Air Corps of which he was a part flew more than a hundred targeted missions over 2,500 flight hours, providing surveillance, deterrence and, if necessary, close combat attack capabilities, as well as escort duties for other aircraft.
Captain Wales qualified as co-pilot gunner in February 2012.
He was posted to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, to gain further flying experience and operate the Apache on a series of exercises before deploying to Afghanistan in September 2012.
Harry trained to fly in the front seat as a mission or aircraft commander, but most of the time he operated the Apache’s sights, sensors, and weapon systems.
On his return to the UK, he was hailed by his peers and bosses as “at his best” during the tour.
He received no special treatment and worked, ate and slept under the same basic conditions as the other pilots. It was, in his own words, “as normal as it gets. I’m one of them, I’m not treated differently.
The revelation of how many enemy combatants he has killed could escalate fears for his personal safety, as Prince Harry has long been considered a terrorist target due to his royal status and military connections.
Prince Harry on patrol in the deserted town of Garmsir in southern Afghanistan, left in 2008 and right during his 2012 deployment
It comes amid an ongoing legal battle with the Home Office over not giving Harry and his family full police protection when they visit the UK.
The Taliban have already mocked Harry, calling him a “loudmouth loser” for his exposure.
In the summer of 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in a lightning offensive that swept across the country within weeks, toppling the Western-backed government installed by the US, Britain and their allies.
Government leaders fled the country as Western coalition forces withdrew, culminating in the collapse of the Afghan military and the Taliban’s capture of Kabul on August 15, 2021.
Despite promising a more progressive regime than when they were last in power in 2001, the Taliban have eroded the rights of women and minorities in the country, most recently barring women from university – a move strongly condemned by the international community would.
The Duke of Sussex in Helmand during his first official trip in 2008
Harry has also been criticized by military veterans and MPs in the UK for the content of the upcoming book.
Former UK national security adviser Lord Darroch told Sky News: “I would have advised him not to go into detail. I understand and appreciate how he justified himself to what he did, but personally I wouldn’t have gone there.’
Former British Army Colonel Richard Kemp said the Duke of Sussex’s letter amounted to “a betrayal of the people he fought alongside”.
Former Royal Marine Ben McBean, whom Harry hailed as a “hero” after losing an arm and leg in a bomb blast during the war, urged the Duke to “shut up”.
Mr McBean tweeted: “Love you #PrinceHarry but you gotta shut up! Makes you wonder what kind of people he hangs out with. If they had been good people, someone would have told him to stop by now.”
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