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Prince Harry: I killed Taliban

Posted by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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Prince Harry on Afghan mission: 'Take a life to save a life'

By Max Foster and Peter Wilkinson, CNN
updated 6:07 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
Prince Harry, or Capt. Wales as he is known in the British Army, wears a monocle gun sight as he sits in the front seat of an Apache helicopter on December 12, 2012. Harry was stationed at the British-controlled Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan from September 2012 until January 2013.Prince Harry, or Capt. Wales as he is known in the British Army, wears a monocle gun sight as he sits in the front seat of an Apache helicopter on December 12, 2012. Harry was stationed at the British-controlled Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan from September 2012 until January 2013.
Harry sits inside an Apache helicopter at Camp Bastion on October 31, 2012.Harry sits inside an Apache helicopter at Camp Bastion on October 31, 2012.
Harry runs from the VHR (very high readiness) tent to scramble his Apache helicopter with other pilots during a 12-hour shift at Camp Bastion on November 30, 2012.Harry runs from the VHR (very high readiness) tent to scramble his Apache helicopter with other pilots during a 12-hour shift at Camp Bastion on November 30, 2012.
Harry's crash helmet sits in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter on November 1, 2012.Harry's crash helmet sits in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter on November 1, 2012.
Harry plays video games with fellow pilots Capt. Simon Beattie, left, and Sgt. James John.Harry plays video games with fellow pilots Capt. Simon Beattie, left, and Sgt. James John.
Harry plays video games on November 03, 2012.Harry plays video games on November 03, 2012.
Harry enjoys a break playing video games with Capt. Simon Beattie, left, on November 3, 2012.Harry enjoys a break playing video games with Capt. Simon Beattie, left, on November 3, 2012.
An Apache helicopter, returning from a mission, lands at Camp Bastion as Harry watches on November 3, 2012.An Apache helicopter, returning from a mission, lands at Camp Bastion as Harry watches on November 3, 2012.
Harry services an Apache helicopter on October 31, 2012.Harry services an Apache helicopter on October 31, 2012.
Harry inspects an Apache helicopter on October 30, 2012.Harry inspects an Apache helicopter on October 30, 2012.
Harry performs a preflight check on an Apache helicopter on January 11. Harry performs a preflight check on an Apache helicopter on January 11.
Harry climbs on board an Apache helicopter as part of a preflight check on December 12, 2012.Harry climbs on board an Apache helicopter as part of a preflight check on December 12, 2012.
Harry performs a preflight check from inside the cockpit of an Apache helicopter on December 12, 2012.Harry performs a preflight check from inside the cockpit of an Apache helicopter on December 12, 2012.
Harry wears a Santa hat on December 12, 2012.
Harry STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Britain's Prince Harry says he killed Taliban militants during tour in Afghanistan
  • Harry, known to comrades as Captain Wales, had served for four months in Helmand province
  • Harry: "We fire when we have to but we're more of a deterrent than anything else"

(CNN) -- Britain's Prince Harry has acknowledged that he killed Taliban insurgents on his latest tour of duty in Afghanistan as a crew member of an Apache attack helicopter.

Harry has been serving for four months as a co-pilot gunner (CPG) in southern Helmand province -- considered a Taliban heartland -- and flew on scores of missions with the trigger to rockets, missiles and a 30mm cannon at his fingertips.

No one is saying how many insurgents Harry might have killed but toward the end of his deployment, the 28-year-old, known to his comrades as Captain Wales, shared some of his feelings about combat with reporters while on duty in the massive military base known as Camp Bastion. He said it was sometimes justified to "take a life to save a life. That's what we revolve around, I suppose."

 

Prince Harry walks around a military base in Helmand province on his recent tour of duty in Afghanistan. His deployment meant he could step back from the public eye and live in contrast to his privileged upbringing.Prince Harry walks around a military base in Helmand province on his recent tour of duty in Afghanistan. His deployment meant he could step back from the public eye and live in contrast to his privileged upbringing.
 
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Harry explained how the roles of Apaches and CPGs have changed since his previous deployments in 2007 and 2008. "It used to be very much: front seat, you're firing the whole time.

"Now, yes we fire when we have to but essentially we're more of a deterrent than anything else.

"Our job out here is to make sure the guys are safe on the ground and if that means shooting someone who is shooting at them, then we will do it," said the prince, third in line to the British throne.

"It's not the reason I decided to do this job. The reason to do this job was to get back out here, and carry on with a job."

Away from his helicopter, the prince mixed freely on base, eating in the canteen with everyone else and relaxing by playing video games with others in the 130-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (AAC). With those comrades, he was just "one of the guys."

 

Now, yes we fire when we have to but essentially we're more of a deterrent than anything else
Prince Harry

In contrast to his privileged upbringing in palaces and an education at Eton College, the prince lived in a shared room within shipping containers converted into an accommodation block. He said he was free to stroll around the base, to visit the gym or the laundry. "It's completely normal," Harry added.

But he said he still received unwanted attention in more public places. "For me it's not that normal because I go into the cookhouse and everyone has a good old gawp, and that's one thing that I dislike about being here," he said.

 

"Because there's plenty of guys in there that have never met me, therefore look at me as Prince Harry and not as Captain Wales, which is frustrating.

"Which is probably another reason why I'd love to be out in the PBs (patrol bases), away from it all.

"But yeah, it's completely normal. It's as normal as it's going to get. I'm one of the guys. I don't get treated any differently."

His deployment meant he could step back from the public eye, although he said his father, the heir to the British throne Prince Charles, often reminded him of his position. Harry admitted he had "let himself and his family down" when he was photographed naked at a party in a Las Vegas hotel last year.

 

He also expressed frustration about the media. Referring to the TV producer whom he was addressing, he said: "I never wanted you guys to be out here, but there was an agreement made to invite you out on the deal that the media didn't speculate before my deployment. That's the only reason you guys are out here."

Harry appeared happier talking about his military role: building up the Afghan National Army, the ANA, so it can eventually take over.

"It's great to see the ANA taking more of a lead in things as well. And the professionalism is definitely shining through."

That's something his superiors in the army might say of the prince himself.

by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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Cutenessmom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Good for him he seems ot be happy at what he is doing... He sure looks cute :)

Imacakebaker
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

 I love prince Harry!! 

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