It's Prince Harry vs. the Taliban after the British royal publicly admitted that he's killed enemy insurgents while serving as an Apache helicopter co-pilot in Afghanistan. According to a new CNN report Jan. 22, there are concerns about a possible reprisal.
Charles Heyman, a former officer who edits a yearbook on British forces, feels that Harry's bold admission could increase the existing high threat level against him.
"The royal family are all targets, and he now probably becomes the prime target, royal family-wise," Heyman said.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, came forward Tuesday after Harry gave a candid interview released Monday. He didn't take his words lightly when it came to comparing war to playing video games. In fact, the spokesman said the prince must have "mental problems."
The prince said he was glad to be “pushed forward to the front seat," of the helicopter's gunner seat. He added that it was “a joy for me because I’m one of those people that loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful — if you ask the guys I thrash them at FIFA the whole time.”
Read more about what the prince said here.
A few days before the attack on Camp Bastion, Mujahid made the Taliban's goal clear when it came to Harry.
"We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping," he said.
They refer to the retaliation as "Harry operations."
"We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him," Mujahid added.
The Taliban spokesman went on to say that the war in Afghanistan is not a video and is "very, very real." He said the prince shows a "lack of understanding, of knowledge." Mujahid said the prince "is suppose to be made of better things" given his position.