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Taliban say Prince Harry has 'a mental problem'

Last modified: 22 Jan 2013 16:29

The Taliban have responded to a recent comment by Britain's Prince Harry, that serving in Afghanistan is "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".

Speaking to the AFP news agency on Tuesday, Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the third in line for the throne has:

Probably developed a mental problem ... 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.

Mujahid went on to say the prince's comments made in interviews released on Monday, do not carry weight with the group:

This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people ... But 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.

Speaking to the British media, Harry said he had indeed killed members of the Taliban during a 20-week posting flying scores of missions over the southern province of Helmand in an Apache attack helicopter.

"If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game," the prince said of the experience where he, like "lots of people", would "take a life to save a life".