Contents from Prince Harry's biography have also arrived in Afghanistan after the book's accidental release. Ironically, a notorious Taliban fighter accuses the British of being a war criminal. The man himself is anything but a blank slate.
A senior Taliban member has accused Prince Harry of war crimes, according to his memoirs. "Those you killed were not pawns, they were people; they had families waiting for their return," Anas Haqqani wrote on Twitter. "Among the murderers of Afghans, not many have the decency to reveal their conscience and confess their war crimes."
Anas Haqqani himself belongs to the notorious Haqqani network of the militant Islamist group. The faction is classified by Washington as a terrorist organization for attacks on US citizens and connections to al-Qaeda, among other things, and is responsible for some of the most horrific attacks in Afghanistan. Anas' brother Siradschuddin, the current Minister of the Interior, is wanted by the American FBI with a bounty of up to 10 million US dollars.
International governments and organizations such as Amnesty International accuse the Taliban of various war crimes such as torture, extrajudicial executions and killings. According to "Spiegel", Anas Haqqani himself was arrested abroad in 2014 at the age of 20, charged in Kabul with involvement in serious terrorist attacks and sentenced to death. He is said to have not been executed at the time because China intervened with the government in Kabul at the request of Pakistan.
In an interview with the magazine in the summer of 2022, Haqqani pleaded not guilty and denied all allegations against himself, his family and the Haqqani network.
The Taliban fighter's tweet was triggered by reports about the memoirs of British Prince Harry, who claims to have killed 25 people as a soldier in Afghanistan. "It was nothing that made me happy, but also nothing that I was ashamed of," he wrote according to Sky News. The broadcaster procured a copy of the still unpublished book and, like many other British media, quoted it in advance.