Prince Harry has come under fire from the Taliban after the British prince revealed in his biography that he had murdered 25 people during his two military deployments in Afghanistan, referring to them as “chess pieces removed from the board.”
The memoir, released early in Spain, recalls Harry’s two tours in Afghanistan. He claims that he killed 25 people during his time in the country and saw them as “chess pieces” to be removed from the board.
He further states that “when I was caught up in the chaos of battle, I did not think of those 25 people as a human beings”.
Harry’s statement faced several condemnations by the interim government in Afghanistan, which described his action as committing “war crimes.”
The senior member of the IEA, Anas Haqqani, condemned the Duke of Sussex for his comments, pointing out that the people Harry killed had families.
He tweeted that “Mr Harry! The ones you killed were not chess pieces; they were humans,”
“The truth is what you have said; our innocent people were chess pieces to your soldiers, military and political leaders.
I do not expect that the ICC will summon you or that the human rights activists will condemn your action, but hopefully, it will be remembered in the history of humanity.
In contrast, Haqqani’s statement received several reactions from the national and international media, described as contradictory remarks.