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Prince Harry Makes First Kills in Afghanistan

By Mark Holthaus   |   Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 10:10 AM

Prince Harry, currently third in line to the royal throne of Britain, has made his first kills in Afghanistan, the United Kingdom-based paper The Telegraph reports.

Harry has been serving in the army air corps as a gunner and navigator on an Apache attack helicopter ever since he arrived in Afghanistan in September. He is among about 9,000 British troops there. He is serving as a gunner and navigator on an Apache attack helicopter.

British defense sources denied that Harry killed a Taliban commander, but did confirm that he had deployed weaponry from the helicopter.

The son of Prince Charles apparently has no qualms about shooting and killing. It was "not an issue at all,” the defense source said. "He is a soldier, so soldiers do what they are required to do."

In a Christmas message to military personnel abroad, Prince Charles spoke of his "constant worry" about his son and said he knew what families on the “homefront” were going through as they “deeply missed” loved ones, according to The Telegraph.

Weapons on the prince's helicopter include 16 air-to-ground Hellfire missiles, two CRV7 pods with 76 rockets, and a 30 mm cannon, which fires 625 rounds per minute.

Harry has been dubbed Captain Wales in his army unit, a four-man team on 24-hour standby. Their job is to cover ground troops, medevac missions and transport helicopters.

"When in the air his role is diverse. This is no game, and Harry is on the frontline of a terrifying war," a military spokesman told The Telegraph previously.

"He's in the thick of it, and is one of the lads. He's genuinely liked and respected by his comrades, and if people think flying an Apache in a war zone is privileged child's play, they're on another planet.”

The source added, "He's genuinely risking his life in a war zone because he loves the army and his country." 

Shortly after his deployment in Afghanistan, Harry was pulled from his post when news of his on-the-ground deployment broke. He returned to England where he earned "Top Gun" status, before heading back to Afghanistan for his deployment.

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