Afghan President Hamid Karzai has defended Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, over his Taliban killing comments, saying that “young men do make mistakes”.
Speaking to ITV News, Karzai was asked whether the way Prince Harry expressed himself during his deployment was unwise.
Prince Harry “is a young man and young men do make mistakes talking or behaving, all of us have gone through this period, so let's drop it there”, Karzai replied.
Finishing his five-month second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Harry claimed that he killed insurgents in Afghanistan during his deployment as a hobby like in a computer game, saying “take a life to save a life. That’s what we revolve around, I suppose.”
Earlier in January, former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar told The Daily Telegraph
that the British prince is a “jackal” who was drunk while hunting innocent Afghans.
Moreover, the boastful remarks by Harry also earned him an attack from Stop the War Coalition’s convener Lindsay German, who questioned his pose asking how he could know that those he had killed were actually members of the Taliban.