Prince Harry will be back in England after his 2nd tour of duty in Afghan, joining operations that killed Afghan insurgents
Prince Harry says he killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban as a gunner in Apache attack helicopters.
The 28-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth & 3rd in succession to the British throne, will return home later this week after 20-week duty with NATO forces at Camp Bastion in Helmand.
Questioned if he had killed insurgents, he said: “Yeah, so, lots of people have. Yes, we fire when we have to, take a life to save a life, but essentially we’re more of a deterrent than anything else.
“If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game, I suppose.”
Harry was tagged by an Afghan insurgent warlord as a drunken “jackal” out to kill innocent Afghans, and was marked by Taliban as number 1 target for kidnap or execution.
His camp was raided last September during his birthday resulting in the killing of two U.S. marines, but it wasn’t clear if he was the target or the film which was concluded as an insult to the Prophet Mohammad.
Tagged Captain Harry Wales, he was deployed to Afghanistan 4 months ago, after nude pictures of him and a woman at a hotel were published.
“I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down,” he said of the Vegas incident.
During sorties done by his 662 Squadron unit to support ground troops fighting Talibans or on missions helping other helicopters to carry casualties, Harry handles its weapon system. It was his job as an Apache co-pilot.
His reason for choosing to become a helicopter gunner was to get back to Afghan and not to kill the enemy.
“It’s not the reason I decided to do this job. The reason was to get back out here,” he said.
He served as a combat soldier in Helmand in 2007 and 2008. He become the first British royal to engage in combat since his uncle Prince Andrew flew helicopters during the 1982 Falklands War.
Media leaked news of his presence thus cutting short his first assignment. Later on media was allowed to report he was on active duty but giving exact details were disallowed.
Harry thought his elder brother Prince William would love to have been in Afghanistan too; Prince William is a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot.
Harry sees no reason why William will not enjoy a stint in Afghanistan, saying he was treated like nobody as he ate and slept with pilots
He admits to have been shot at. If guys doing same work like them are being shot at, he thinks there’s nothing wrong with them being shot at as well. They’re not special, he said.
Harry’s unlikely reputation of a royal bad kid who dabbles in marijuana, drinking and wearing a Nazi uniform to a party has been eclipsed by his military stints and has enhanced his status in his country.
His private life remains an oasis of media attention. He said his experience in Vegas should have remained private.
He said he led a more comfortable life in the army than as a British prince.
In the army, Harry wore a “Go Ugly Early” badge emblazoned in his helmet. Ugly is his Apache call sign. He said he improved his weapons’ pilot skills playing PlayStation and Xbox compu-games.
His dislike of the British media is understandable, having lost his dear mother who was killed in a Paris car crash while being chased by paparazzi when he was 12.
He said he read anything written about him in papers.
Half of 9,000 British troops from the Afghan soil will go home by end of the year, and nearly all to pull out late in 2014 when NATO mission ends, Britain has announced.
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Comment: Let’s pray and hope that the number of dead British army personnel which is 440 per report should not increase till the NATO mission terminates in 2014.