Prince Harry under fire for 'candid' descriptions of killing Taliban fighters

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 09:20 hrs

Prince Harry is facing growing criticism for his unguarded descriptions of killing Taliban fighters, with one front-bench MP suggesting he had been too 'candid'.

Members of the Afghan Government claimed that Prince Harry had given the Taliban a propaganda victory by putting his ability to operate his helicopter's weapons systems down to his prowess at PlayStation and Xbox computer games.

According to the Telegraph, the 28-year-old Army captain had said that he had taken insurgents 'out of the game' and operated his Apache gunship on the basis that you had to "take a life to save a life".

He added that playing video games had made him "useful" with his thumbs.

As the Prince enjoyed a layover for a period of "decompression", including his first drink in five months, Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, questioned the language the Prince had used, the report said.

In Afghanistan, there were fears that the Prince's comments, which have been reported all over the world, would erode relations between international forces and the local population.

President Hamid Karzai has staked his reputation on working closely with Nato-led forces and wants the US to station troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014.

Sharifullah Kamawal, a member of the Afghan parliament, said Prince Harry should retract his comments.

Meanwhile the media-savvy Taliban were quick to capitalise on the Prince's comments, saying they were an insult to the men who had fought and died alongside him.

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, said Prince Harry was a "coward" for only speaking only after he was out of harm's way.

Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, said the Prince's comments were "crass" and asked how he knew those he killed were members of the Taliban, the report added. (ANI)

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