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Prince Harry: Killing Taliban a job 'you would expect to do'

Prince Harry arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Photo: PA Wire

Prince Harry said killing the Taliban is a job "you would expect to do" as a soldier as he arrived back in the UK after his 20-week tour of duty to Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner made headlines after he said his role required him to kill Taliban insurgents and opening fire was necessary to protect allied troops and the Afghan people.

Prince Harry arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Credit: Paul Crouch/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Harry has been criticised by some for his frank comments that he took the enemy "out of the game", and soldiers "take a life to save a life".

Speaking to the press at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, he said:

I think for the thousands of guys that are on operations at the moment, we are continuing, essentially, to try and do a job.

A job for ourselves, a job for the guys left and right of us, and from my point of view, especially for the guys on the ground.

We are supporting the Afghan people, supporting the Afghan army. The way that things are going are fantastic - I suppose that sounds a typical MoD/Army answer, but it's true.

The difference between 2006 and now is absolutely fantastic.

You get asked to do things that you would expect to do wearing this uniform, and it's a simple as that really.

Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart reports on Prince Harry's return to the UK:

The prince left the war-torn country on Monday evening, and has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a British military base in Cyprus.

He flew from Akrotiri on board a regular personnel aircraft - an Airbus A330 Voyager - and landed at the Oxfordshire base with his 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, at around 4.45pm.

Prince Harry wears his monocle gun sight as he sits in the front seat of his cockpit. Credit: PA Wire

Harry did not go with the rest of his squadron to their headquarters in Wattisham in Suffolk.

St James's Palace said he left Brize Norton privately, but did not comment on where he was headed.

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