Prince Harry Says He’s Killed Some Taliban Insurgents
(CNN) – Sometimes you have to take a life to save a life.
That’s Prince Harry’s take on his latest tour of duty in Afghanistan– where he acknowledged killing Taliban insurgents.
The British royal has served for four months as a co-pilot gunner in southern Helmand province.
Max foster reports from camp bastion, Afghanistan.
Captain Wales of the British army making final checks to his helicopter before a mission.
This is prince harry, third in line to the British throne, serving his country in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
This is the flight line, where the aircraft operate from.
Including the apache attack helicopter. This is what Captain Wales has been flying.
“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.”
No one is saying how many insurgents harry might have killed during his 19-week deployment, but sitting in the front seat means it was harry who was in charge of the apache weapons system.
“So you’ve got the comms panel up here so we know exactly what is going on. Two computer screens, right here is basically the targeting system.”
Other bits of kit met more basic requirements.
“In our bag we have travel johns, which are basically piss bags. And if you’re in the aircraft 3 and a half, 4 hours, I try and not, if I can hold on, I will. But once you’ve been out here for 2, 3 weeks, you master the art of basically peeing basically sitting down like this.”
Away from his helicopter, Captain Wales mixed freely on base, eating in the canteen like anyone else.
“He’s not treated any differently. My interaction with him is exactly the same as with my other officers.”
On downtime between missions, video games with the crew.
“It’s mainly squadron banter that happens, you know, that’s the way he likes to be treated in work, essentially.
Back on the flight line, it was all about the job…and the wider strategic aim…building the role of 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.
Max Foster, CNN, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.