Prince Harry of Britain has admitted killing Taliban insurgents on his latest tour in Afghanistan according to a CNN report of Jan. 21. He was a crew member of an Apache attack helicopter. For four months, Harry had been serving as a co-pilot gunner (CPG) in the Taliban heartland in southern Helmand province. He flew on a great number of missions with the trigger to a 30mm cannon, missiles and rockets at his very fingertips.
Toward the end of his deployment, the 28-year-old, known to his pals as Captain Wales, communicated some of his feelings about combat while he was on duty with reporters. Harry was at a massive military base known as Camp Bastion. He stated that it was occasionally acceptable to "take a life to save a life. That's what we revolve around, I suppose."
Harry gave details on the responsibility of CPGs and Apaches have changed since he was previously deployed in 2007 and 2008. He explained:
"It used to be very much: front seat, you're firing the whole time. Now, yes we fire when we have to but essentially we're more of a deterrent than anything else. Our job out here is to make sure the guys are safe on the ground and if that means shooting someone who is shooting at them, then we will do it," said the prince. "It's not the reason I decided to do this job. The reason to do this job was to get back out here and carry on with a job."
When Harry was away from his helicopter, he freely mixed with others on the base, eating in the canteen with everyone else and playing video games, relaxing with the others. While he was with them, he was just "one of the guys."
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