Prince Harry has claimed to have killed 25 enemy fighters while serving in Britain’s army in Afghanistan, sparking concerns about his safety.
It’s just one of the myriad revelations from the royal’s new memoir.”Excessive,
Harry also claims that he and his brother, Prince William, are a physical altercationit turns out that he took cocaine when he was young, and he did not want his father to marry Camilla, the current queen consort.
But this is the first time Harry has spoken in such detail about his involvement in the Afghanistan war.
According to a BBC accountHarry reportedly wrote: “It was not a statistic that filled me with pride but neither did it embarrass me.
“When I found myself immersed in the heat and confusion of battle, I did not think of those 25 men. They were chess pieces removed from the board. The bad ones were eliminated before the good ones were killed.
Harry served as a forward air controller calling in for strikes during his first tour, before flying Apache helicopters during his second. Shahi said that he was able to count how many “enemy combatants” he had killed “in the era of Apaches and laptops”, even though this is not normally a detail that soldiers are able to work out. He ended his 10-year military career in 2015.
Colonel Richard Kemp, who served as a British Army officer until 2006, told broadcasters on Friday that he did not support Harry’s decision to talk about this part of his life in Afghanistan.
He told BBC Breakfast that the Duke’s claims misrepresented the culture within the forces, adding: “I think he is wrong when he says in his book that the insurgents were treated literally as dehumanised, subhuman Seen as if chess pieces are knocked over.
“Not at all. And that’s not the way the British Army trains people as he claims.
“I think that this kind of comment which does not reflect reality is misleading and potentially valuable to those who wish to harm the British Army and the British Government, so I think it is an error of judgment.” Was.”
Kemp said Harry should be “proud” of his kill count as it would have been “effective” for a military campaign – but he also expressed concern over what it could mean for the duke’s security now .
Kemp warned that Taliban sympathizers may now be “incited to seek revenge.”
“It stirs up old feelings of revenge that may have been forgotten … There is no doubt that there are people in the world today who have already seen it and are thinking of getting it back.”
Harry’s safety has long been a concern for the Sussexes since leaving the firm, although they have since begun to pay for their own.
The Duke has been at loggerheads with the Home Office over their refusal to pay for full police protection for him, and in 2022, his barrister said Harry “doesn’t feel safe” when he is in the UK.
Colonel Kemp isn’t the only one to express concern over Harry’s revelations.
Former National Security Adviser Lord Darroch told Sky News he would not have advised the Duke of Sussex that Harry revealed “the sort of details” included in his memoir.
“Personally if I was advising the prince I would advise against the kind of detail that he goes into there but it is out now. I believe it was a just war and that’s why he did what Whatever they have written, I understand and appreciate what they have done, but in terms of details, I personally would not have been there, but now it is.
Indeed, Harry’s comments have even triggered a reaction from the Taliban – the militant group due to seize power back in August 2021.
Senior Taliban Leader, Interior Minister of Afghanistan, Anas Haqqani Tweeted: “Mr Harry! Those you killed were not chess pieces, they were human beings; they had families waiting for their return.
“Among the murderers of Afghans, many have not had the decency to open their consciences and confess to their war crimes.”
Adam Holloway, the Tory MP who fought in Iraq for Britain, wrote in the audience that many soldiers did not consider it appropriate to share the number of their casualties.
“It’s not about the macho code. It’s about decency and respect for the life you’ve taken.
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