Prince Harry of British monarchy says he killed 25 “Taliban fighters” during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, according to reports based his memoir.
Spare, which is due to be published on 10 January in English, is already available in Spanish.
Harry writes that he did not think of those he killed as “people” but as “chess pieces” to be taken off the board.
He recollects the killings as “baddies eliminated before they could kill goodies”.
He was a forward air controller in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in 2007/8 and served as an Apache helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corps deployed to Camp Bastion in the south of the country.
He knows the figure because he watched video footage of every “kill” recorded by a camera mounted on his helicopter.
The book is ghostwritten by the American author JR Moehringer. t
The prince says the 9/11 attacks as one of the reasons for him not feeling guilt over the fighters he killed.
In 2001, the US and its close allies invaded Afghanistan in response to 9/11 twin tower attack. The war continued for twenty years.
As of September 2021, more than 70,000 Afghan and Pakistani civilians are estimated to have died as a direct result of the war.