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Prince Harry comments 'not taken seriously' by Taliban

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The Taliban has said that it does not take Prince Harry's comments seriously, following his extensive interview after his 20-week posting in Afghanistan.

Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid also told AFP that the royal was usually kept out of harm's way during his time in the country.

Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.
Issue date: Monday January 21, 2013. See PA story DEFENCE Harry. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

© PA Images / John Stillwell/PA Wire



"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," Muhajid said.

"This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people.

Prince Harry by Helicopter in Afghanistan

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"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."

He added: "We have always wanted to capture or kill this prince, but he was mostly kept inside, safe, and in guarded places underground.

Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, relaxes during computer football game with his fellow Apache Helicopter crews, during their 12 hour VHR (very high ready-ness) shift at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.
Issue date: Monday January 21, 2013. See PA story DEFENCE Harry. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

© PA Images / John Stillwell/PA Wire



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

Asked if he had killed anyone in Afghanistan, Harry had replied: "Yeah, so lots of people have.



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

He added of manning the weapons systems in a two-man cockpit to fire missiles, rockets and 30mm rounds: "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."

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