The brother of Taliban home minister Sirajuddin Haqqani responded to Britain’s Prince Harry after he revealed in his memoirs that he had killed 25 people in Afghanistan while serving in the military in a helicopter, calling them “chess pieces thrown off the board.”
Anas Haqqani wrote on his Twitter account on Friday: “Those I killed were not chess pieces, they were people. Their families were waiting for their return.”
1/3- Mr. Harry! Those you killed were not chess pieces, but people; they had families waiting for their return. Among the murderers of Afghans, few have the decency to reveal their conscience and confess to their war crimes. pic.twitter.com/zjDwoDmCN1
– Anas Haqqani (Anas Haqqani) (@ AnasHaqqani313) January 6, 2023
He also added: “The truth is what I said, our innocent people were chess pieces for your soldiers and your military and political leaders, but they were defeated in the black and white ‘square game’,” his tweets say.
two service life
Notably, Harry’s autobiography titled (Spear) “Reserve” was up for sale in Spain ahead of its global release on January 10th. The book reveals the depth of the rift between Prince Harry and his brother, heir to the throne, Prince William, as well as other confessions, such as drug use.
In one of the chapters of the book, the prince recounts two periods of his service in Afghanistan: the first when he was a forward air traffic control officer in 2007-2008, and the second when in 2012 he was a co-pilot in charge of directing fire on Apache attack aircraft. , and also reveals the number of people he killed, according to Reuters.
– Arabic (@AlArabiya) January 6, 2023
“I wasn’t ashamed”
Harry also wrote, “It’s not a statistic that made me proud, but also not ashamed,” according to the Spanish version of the book. And he continued: “When I found myself in the midst of the fire and turmoil of battle, I did not think of these twenty-five as people.”
He added: “They were chess pieces thrown off the board. The bad guys were eliminated before they could kill the good guys.”
The publication of the book comes after Harry and his American wife Meghan stepped down from royal duties in 2020 to move to California and start a new life. The duo have since lashed out at Windsor Castle and the British press.
As is customary in the royal family, representatives for King Charles and Prince William declined to comment.
In addition, the British media are looking at details of the book in detail, but many in London said on Friday that they were not interested and did not want to talk about it.
At the same time, some of those who wanted to talk expressed the opinion that Harry had gone too far.