Prince Harry reveals killing Taliban fighters in Afghanistan
Prince Harry has revealed that he killed Taliban insurgents during his latest tour of Afghanistan.
As a gunner in Apache attack helicopters, Prince Harry flew on scores of missions with his finger on the trigger of deadly rockets, missiles and a 30mm cannon.
Harry, who is known as Captain Wales in the army, was sent on missions over Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.
The missions included supporting allied troops fighting the Taliban at close quarters to accompanying British Chinook and US Black Hawk helicopters on daring casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) missions.
According to news.com.au, his work as a JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) during his first tour of duty in 2007-08 saw him call in air strikes on enemy positions, which he watched unfold on a monitor nicknamed 'Kill TV'.
Prince Harry's deployment with 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, allowed him to step back from the public eye.
Harry, who is the current third-in-line to the throne was in Afghanistan when it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child, and he said he was 'thrilled' for the couple.
Captain Wales was hailed by his colleagues and superiors for fitting into his unit well and for being 'on top of his game' during the dangerous tour, the report said.
However, the prince revealed he would rather have returned to fight on the front line alongside troops from his regiment, the Household Cavalry.
Harry was given no special treatment during his tour, and he worked, rested, ate and slept in exactly the same conditions as the other pilots in his squadron.
The prince flew on deadly sorties over the barren desert - often for hours on end - in support of International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) fighters, the report said.
According to the report, Harry flew on planned and unplanned operations during the day and night across his tour.
He said that accompanying Chinook helicopters on CASEVAC tasks, known by the call sign Tricky, was the most important role for Apaches.
Harry's frank comments about shooting dead Taliban fighters come as no surprise, as any soldier fighting on the front line in Afghanistan is expected to take on the enemy, and Harry's job as a co-pilot gunner (CPG) is widely known.
He insisted killing the enemy was not what motivated him to become an attack helicopter pilot, the report added.