Duke of Sussex Prince Harry‘s incendiary tell-all is proving to be a source of tremendous headache. He has been particular with the exactness of details about his life, also mentioning his killing of Taliban Militants while in the military.
In ‘Spare,’ he talks about killing 25 Taliban fighters during his time in the military. The security and military officials have taken him to task for revealing these figures. What’s going on with all this rage? Is any of it reasonable, or are people going up in arms for no reason? We look into what’s got everyone upset by Prince Harry’s claims.
What Did Prince Harry Reveal About His Military Service?
In 2005, Prince Harry entered the military service at 17. In 2012, he was declared the best front-seat Apache pilot in a class of 20, becoming a commander. His military record comprises of two tours of Afghanistan (2007-2008) and (2012- 2013) before retiring in 2015 as Harry Wales.
In his ten years as a helicopter commander, he recorded 25 kills from his time in Afghanistan. He said, “My number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me.” Showing no further remorse, he addressed the dead insurgents not as human beings but as “chess pieces” of the board.
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Why Are Military and Security Officials Worried About Prince Harry’s Claims?
As soon as Prince Harry revealed the number of his military kills, British military and security officials, along with the Taliban, took him to the task. The most agreed-upon view is that disclosing such confidential information will be detrimental to a country’s safety and will be a massive security disaster in the coming days. The fact that Harry’s claims make the army sound like killing machines with no shred of humanity has caused a great uproar across the country. The U.K.’s former national security adviser Kim Darroch and retired British army officer Colonel Richard Kemp have shared their concerns.
The statement about dead insurgents as “chess pieces” hasn’t gone well either, culminating in a P.R. crisis. The Taliban has made their anger known in the matter. Anas Haqqani, an acting advisor to the Interior Minister, passionately proclaimed, “Mr. Harry! The ones you killed were not chess pieces, they were humans; they had families who were waiting for their return. Among the killers of Afghans, not many have your decency to reveal their conscience and confess to their war crimes.”
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