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Prince Harry compares killing Afghani's to video games

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Prince Harry: Shooting Hellfire Missiles At Insurgents Is Like 'Playing Video Games'

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Britain's Prince Harry, who compared shooting insurgents in Afghanistan to playing video games, has probably developed a mental problem, the Taliban said Tuesday.

"There are 49 countries with their powerful military failing in the fight against the mujahideen, and now this prince comes and compares this war with his games, PlayStation or whatever he calls it," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP.

Harry, third in line to the throne, said he had killed Taliban insurgents during a 20-week posting flying scores of missions over the restive southern province of Helmand in an Apache attack helicopter.

As co-pilot, Harry was in charge of the weapons systems in a two-man cockpit, firing Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, rockets and a 30-millimetre gun. He described the weapons systems as a joy.

"It's a joy for me because I'm one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I'm probably quite useful," he said in interviews released Monday after the end of his posting.

"This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people," Mujahid told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

"But we don't take his comments very seriously, as we have all seen and heard that many foreign soldiers, occupiers who come to Afghanistan, develop some kind of mental problems on their way out."

Asked by Britain's Press Association if he had killed from the cockpit, Harry said: "Yeah, so lots of people have.

"Take a life to save a life," he shrugged. "If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game."

The last time the Taliban suggested a foreign fighter had mental problems was when an American soldier was arrested on suspicion of killing 16 villagers in their homes during a lone night rampage in March 2012.

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is on trial in the US, facing 16 murder charges. Seventeen of the 22 people killed or wounded were women or children and almost all were shot in the head.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency in Afghanistan for 11 years since being ousted from power for harbouring al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

During the war, they have faced more than 140,000 troops from over 50 countries but remain a serious threat to the Western-backed government with NATO troops due to withdraw in 2014.

"We have always wanted to capture or kill this prince, but he was mostly kept inside, safe, and in guarded places underground," said the Taliban spokesman, Mujahid.

"At one point when our mujahideen attacked the airport, we were aware of his presence there but he was hastily flown away."

This was a reference to a major Taliban attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand last September when Britain's defence minister admitted that Harry had been moved to a secure location.

Taliban commandos, armed with suicide vests, guns and rockets, and wearing US uniforms, breached the outer wall of Camp Bastion and destroyed six US fighter jets in unprecedented damage in the war.

The prince flies a £45-million ($71-million, 54-million-euro) aircraft, part of NATO's uncontested air power in Afghanistan where the Taliban are armed mainly with assault rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Islamists also use suicide attacks and homemade bombs which cause most of the casualties among both foreign troops and civilians in the Afghan war.

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With all the electronic equipment, IR screens, auto targeting etc etc it probably is just like playing a video game. Its not cool that its actually people's lives but the comparison probably isn't wrong.

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Consider the source of the comments against Harry....... that pretty much says it all. You can take any comment out of context and turn it to suit your own personal agenda. And the Taliban have their own agenda to be sure. Filing it under BS, along with everything that comes from the Taliban. They have some gall bringing up 'cowardice'......this from a group so petrified of women becoming stronger and smarter that they throw acid in the faces of preteen girls.......uh huh, ok......as I said, consider the source.

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Just ban Activision from making their crap Call of Duty games, and we'll be good.

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Afghan militants scornful of Queen's grandson, saying helicopter co-pilot 'doesn't have the brain to know there is a war here
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Despite his inane comments, smoking pot, offensive party costumes and getting nude photos leaked, he does show more balls (excuse the pun) and seems to have earned more stripes to be king than his brother William.

I wonder what his late mother Diana would think of his love for war.

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True story.

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Prince Harry needs to get serious.

Earning your 72 virgins isn't some sort of game.

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I think operating a chopper's weapon systems would be similar to a video game. Fighting on the ground however most certainly wouldn't be.

And that I find that "correspondent's" reaction amusing.

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"Friendly AC-130 above".

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Prince Harry needs to get serious.

Earning your 72 virgins isn't some sort of game.

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Piss off the already pissed off Taliban, fantastic idea.

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You guys are too PC.

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The Taliban should stick to fighting little girls.

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Just ban Activision from making their crap Call of Duty games, and we'll be good.

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Prince Harry needs to get serious.

Earning your 72 virgins isn't some sort of game.

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It's not just a first-world military that's lost to a bunch of farmers and shepherds...it's ALL the first-world militaries AND the military forces of international communism, all in the last three decades. What can the explanation for this be? When people say the see the hand of God at work in this conflict, it's a tough thing to deny given the circumstances, bringing low the mighty and humbling the powerful, using a small and backwards nation, a people with nothing to bring down the soviets and americans who feel that they are by rights kings and rulers of the world...there's a certain poetry to it.

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