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Prince Harry 'has mental problems' - Taliban

Published: 8:33AM Wednesday January 23, 2013 Source: ONE News

The Taliban has hit back at Prince Harry's tales from the front line in Afghanistan, saying the Royal has "a mental problem" and that he "doesn't have the brain to know there is a war".

It comes after a series of interviews with the Prince, which were recorded during his 20-week tour in Afghanistan, were released yesterday, as Harry prepared to return to the UK.

Harry speaks about killing Afghan insurgents during his deployment as a gunner on an Apache helicopter, comparing it to playing video games.

Asked if he had killed during his tour, the Prince said with a shrug: "Yes, we fire when we have to, 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 later went on to say: "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."

During his deployment in Helmand, Prince Harry - known as Captain Wales while on tour - was in charge of firing the Apache's Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, rockets and 30mm gun.

But the Taliban have poured scorn on Harry's account of his time in the most dangerous of Afghan provinces, accusing him of cowardice and staying away from the fight.

"I don't believe that he participated in the fighting," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the UK's Guardian newspaper.

"Maybe he has seen the mujahideen (holy warriors) in a movie, but that's it.

"I think he has a mental problem, that's why he is saying it is a game.

"These kind of people live like diplomats in Afghanistan, they can't risk themselves by standing against the mujahideen."

Confused with computer games

Mujahid said Harry must have confused the real conflict which is going on in the war-ravaged country with his computer games.

"He never participated in a war operation so that's why he can't see the UK casualties, the UK economic damages and the lost soldiers' lives in Helmand," he said.

Prince Harry is a strong advocate of charities supporting injured soldiers, including Help for Heroes. In 2011 he joined wounded servicemen in a fundraising trek to the North Pole.

However, Mujahid insisted the Taliban were not angry with Harry's remarks because "he doesn't have the brain to know there is a war here".

Speaking to AFP Mujahid said: "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."

Describing it as "a historic war" for the people of Afghanistan, Mujahid added: "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."

Mujahid also seized on reports that Harry was kept at a secure location last September when a team of 15 insurgents, dressed in US military uniforms and suicide vests, sneaked onto Camp Bastion and killed two soldiers and destroyed six Harrier jets.

"There were always bodyguards with him to protect him, always keeping him away from the area of war or making plans to keep him away," Mujahid said.

The Taliban have claimed in the past that the Prince was a target of their attack on the base.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency in Afghanistan for 11 years, since being ousted from power for harbouring al-Qaeda chief Osama bin laden after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

During the war, they have faced more than 140,000 troops from over 50 countries but remain a serious threat to the Western-backed government with NATO troops due to withdraw in 2014.