Harry killed 25 Taliban while on duty in Afghanistan
A stark revelation made Prince Harry in his memoir “Spare”: He killed 25 Taliban fighters during his second tour of duty with the army in Afghanistan.
The Duke of Sussex, who was known in the militia as “Captain Wales”, said he did not think of the fighters as people but “as chess pieces that he had taken off the board” . Harry commented: “It’s not something that filled me with satisfaction, but I wasn’t ashamed either . ”
The book’s revelation is Harry’s first background on insurgents he killed in Afghanistan , where he was from 2007-2008 and then on a second stint in 2012.
The youngest son of Carlos and Diana said that he flew on six missions where they had to “take away human lives” , according to “Spare”.
The duke explained that “in the age of Apaches and laptops you can tell exactly how many insurgents I killed. And I found it essential not to be afraid of that number. So my number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but does not embarrass me either”.
Harry specified later in the book that “you can’t kill people if you see them as people” and added that “you have to see them as chess pieces removed from the board, as bad guys removed” .
The prince was for the first time in 2007 in Helmand province as a forward air controller. He returned in 2012 after learning to fly Apache helicopters . Harry was posted to Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, where he spent 20 weeks.
The disclosure could raise fears about the personal safety of Prince Harry , who was long considered a terrorist target due to his royal status and military ties.