Harry’s new memoir attracts anger and protests in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Protesters in southern Afghanistan on Sunday gathered following Prince Harry’s declare in his new memoir that he killed 25 folks he described as Taliban fighters whereas posted with British forces within the nation.

Round 20 college and college students demonstrated at a neighborhood college in Helmand, the province the place British forces had been largely concentrated throughout the NATO and U.S.-led coalition operations in Afghanistan.

“We condemn his (Prince Harry’s) action which is against all norms of humanity,” one demonstrator stated. Others carried posters displaying Harry’s portrait with a purple ‘x’ throughout it.

Sayed Ahmad Sayed, a instructor on the college, condemned Harry for his function in UK army operations in Afghanistan.

“The cruelties which have been committed by Prince Harry, his friends or by anyone else in Helmand or anywhere in Afghanistan is unacceptable, cruel. These acts will be remembered by history,” Sayed stated on the protest.

NATO and U.S. troops withdrew in August, 2021 from the nation after 20 years of warfare there and working air operations in assist of the Western-backed Afghan authorities’s struggle in opposition to a Taliban insurgency. Their withdrawal set the stage for the Taliban’s speedy return to energy that month.

In his memoir, “Spare,” Harry says he killed greater than two dozen Taliban militants whereas serving as an Apache helicopter copilot gunner in Afghanistan in 2012-2013. He writes that he feels neither satisfaction nor disgrace about his actions, and within the warmth of battle regarded enemy combatants as items being faraway from a chessboard, “Baddies eliminated before they could kill Goodies,” the prince writes.

Harry’s determination to place a quantity on these he killed, and the ebook’s comparability of these to chess items, drew outrage from Taliban officers, and concern from British veterans.

“We ask the international community to put this person (Prince Harry) on trial, and we should get compensation for our losses,” stated Mullah Abdullah, who misplaced 4 members of the family in what he described as a U.Okay. airstrike in 2011 that hit his household residence within the Nahr-e-Saraj space of Helmand.

“We lost our house, life, and family members. We lost our livelihood and also our loved ones,” stated Abdullah, whereas visiting the graves of the members of the family he misplaced within the strike.

The media director for the Taliban governor of Helmand, Mawlavi Mohammad Qasim, stated Harry’s claims in his memoirs “exposed the real face of the Western world.”

“It is a clear indication of their cruel and horrific actions,” he stated.

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