A senior Taliban leader has told Prince Harry that the militants they killed in Afghanistan “were not chess pieces, they were human beings”.

In response to disclosures Harry’s Following the recall that he had killed 25 Taliban fighters, Anas Haqqani, a senior aide to the interior minister, tweeted: “Mr Harry! Those you killed were not chess pieces, they were human beings; they had families who Awaiting their return.

“Many of the killers of Afghans do not have the decency to show their conscience and confess their war crimes.”

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Another Taliban official, Sohail Shaheen, head of the group’s political office, told Sky News that Prince Harry had committed a “crime against humanity”.

He said that he was the freedom fighter of his country, you were the invader. “Their cause was just. They were the people’s heroes, but you were their enemies.”

He added that the prince should be questioned by a “crimes against humanity court” and said his countrymen had “cursed” the royal.

Harry has written about his two tours of duty in Afghanistan in his much-anticipated book, Spear, a copy of which was obtained by Sky News ahead of its release next week.

In it, the prince reveals that he killed 25 warriors and says that he didn’t think of them as “people”, but as “chess pieces” that had been knocked off the board.

He adds: “It wasn’t something that gave me satisfaction, but I wasn’t embarrassed either.”

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‘Harry’s claims could spark attacks’

Various members of the British Army have taken exception to the Prince’s ‘count’.

Retired Royal Navy officer Rear Admiral Chris Perry told Sky News that in 35 years of service, including in combat, he had never heard a mate say “what’s their score”.

“I’m afraid to say it’s clumsy, tasteless and disrespectful to the people who were killed,” he added.

And former senior army officer Colonel Richard Kemp said he believed Harry’s comments were “misjudged” and could incite an attack on British troops.

Colonel Kemp, who commanded British forces in Afghanistan in 2003 before his retirement, said the prince’s suggestion was to train British soldiers to see their enemies as “less than human”, particularly It was dangerous.

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“He essentially characterized the British army by training him and other soldiers to see their enemy as less than human, much like the removal of chess pieces on a board, which No. This case is the opposite.”

He warned that the comments “could provoke some people to try to attack British troops anywhere in the world” and may have inspired supporters of the Taliban to “kill Harry” because he There are memories “rekindled” by the comments of

Harry’s comments are the godsend of propaganda and recruitment.

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“Sharing” may seem like a good idea to whatever therapist Harry is watching, but not to his former military comrades and commanders.

There are very good reasons why his friends and other veterans have expressed frustration and concern and urged him to stop.

Not least because revelations about the number of Taliban fighters he has killed would potentially make the lives of his family and other British veterans even more dangerous.

Harry was the grandson of Britain’s head of state, the Queen, when he served in her armed forces and killed what she said was 25 Taliban fighters.

The fact that he has described doing so, so callously, is a propaganda and recruiting gift for the country’s enemies, as evidenced by the backlash on social media by the Taliban and other extremists.

Whether he likes it or not, Harry’s role as a member of the royal family is political and has geographic and diplomatic consequences.

He doesn’t seem to have thought it through.

He certainly did not seek the permission of His Majesty’s Government before publication for details which might have a direct effect on British subjects and interests.

Lord Darroch, a former national security adviser, said if he was guiding Prince Harry he would “advise against going into the kind of detail”.

And even a Royal Marine friend of the former royal has expressed his dismay.

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Prince Harry needs to ‘go and enjoy the rest of his life’

Ben McBain, who has known Prince Harry since his time in the armed forces, said he was “saddened” to hear of the book’s quote and said Harry could now “go and enjoy his life and relax”. need to.”

“It’s sad because he’s such a nice guy.”

He said Harry’s work as an Apache pilot, the Invictus Games and all his other charity work were now being “overlooked”.

“He’s gone down a different path now — and it’s overshadowing everything.”

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Prince Harry: ‘I saw red mist in William’

Harry’s book also contains an explosive claim. He was physically assaulted By his brother William during the dispute over his marriage to Meghan Markle.

He also writes about this moment. He was woken up by his father. Let it be known that his mother was a victim of a car accident.

The Duke also admitted to taking cocaine and said he told his father not to marry Camilla.

In a new trailer for an interview with ITV to promote the book, Duke says: He saw a “red mist” in William. During the discussion between them.

He claims his brother “wanted me to hit him back, but I didn’t”.

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