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    Britain's Prince Harry at St James's Palace in London, July 4, 2011.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
January 22, 2013|3:12 pm

Prince Harry has recently admitted that he has killed Taliban fighters while on his tour in Afghanistan, stirring a reaction from his opponents.

As a member of the British Army, Harry is a gunner in Apache helicopters, and recently sat down with reporters in an interview released to the media.

"If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game, I suppose," said the 28-year-old royal.

Moreover, the second son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles compared his military duties to his favorite video games.

"It's a joy for me because I'm one of those people who loved playing PlayStation and Xbox," Harry told BBC. As a result, the Taliban have responded to the comparison.

"This statement is not even worth condemning. It is worse than that," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, told U.K. paper The Telegraph. "To describe the war in Afghanistan as a game demeans anyone- especially a prince, who is supposed to be made of better things."

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Mujahid continued: "It shows the lack of understanding, of knowledge. It shows they are unfamiliar with the situation and shows why they are losing … It's not a game. It's very, very real."

Furthermore, Prince Harry, known to fellow soldiers as Captain Wales, recounted the Taliban's attack on Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan last September.

"Take a life to save a life," the prince explained to BBC media. "That's what we revolve around, I suppose."

Englishman Piers Morgan also commented on Prince Harry's latest comments via Twitter on Tuesday.

"Trashing the press, comparing war to Xbox, boasting of killing Taliban- I like Prince harry, but this interview was a massive mistake," wrote the CNN broadcaster.

Meanwhile, the Taliban has targeted Prince Harry, stating that they would do all they could to kill or kidnap him, reported Reuters. The royal has completed his 20-week tour of Afghanistan and will be returning to his home in Kensington shortly.

Britain plans to withdraw nearly all its 9,000 soldiers from Afghanistan when the NATO mission is completed in late 2014.

 

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