NEW YORK: Afghanistan’s Taliban knew that Britain’s Prince Harry had been deployed in their country to fight them and they had been gunning to get “an important chicken”, a leading US magazine reported on Sunday.
A veteran Taliban field officer, identified as deputy commander Mullah Abdul Karim, told Newsweek magazine that he sent his men out hunting for the prince after receiving an urgent message from Taliban intelligence in late December or early January about Harry’s possible secret deployment in southern Afghanistan.
Karim recalled getting an urgent message from Taliban intelligence in late December or early January that “an important chicken” had joined British troops in his area of operations. Karim promptly sent his men hunting for the prince.
“He is our special enemy,” says Karim. “Our first option was to capture him as a prisoner, and the second, to kill him,” the report said.
Fearing that the Taliban insurgents would specifically target Cornet Wales (the prince’s military title) and his fellow soldiers if his presence in the battle zone were publicly revealed, the top British brass did everything possible to prevent leaks about his deployment on December 14 to Helmand province.
The prince travelled around the province with his unit, says Karim, whose men once or twice reported possible sightings of Harry’s armoured convoy in their area of operations, eastern Helmand’s Sanguin district.