I call it textbook soldiering, comradery and patriotism.
‘I wish I’d killed more’: American Sniper Chris Kyle said his only regret was that US lives were lost because he shot too few Iraqis
Little regrets: In an interview three years ago America’s most lethal sniper Chris Kyle claimed he wished he’d ‘killed more’ Iraqis
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America’s most lethal sniper claimed he wished he’d ‘killed more’ Iraqis despite accumulating 160 confirmed kills – with the true number estimated to be as high as 255.
Speaking just months before his untimely death, Chris Kyle insisted his only regret was that US lives were lost because he shot too few of the enemy.
The late veteran’s wartime exploits are portrayed in the divisive Oscar-tipped movie American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood.
Speaking to Toby Harnden of The Sunday Times three years ago, Kyle was asked whether he regretted any of his kills while on tour.
Replying in his characteristically soft Texan drawl, the former sniper, said: ‘No, sir, not at all.
The soldier, played by Bradley Cooper in Oscar-tipped film American Sniper (L), accumulated 160 confirmed kills in Iraq, with the true number estimated to be as high as 255
In the 2012 interview, he added: ‘It’s been a taboo for too long, I’m glad that people are actually looking at it with an interest and saying these guys are actually something we need.’
Less than a year after the conversation, Kyle was killed on a remote shooting range in Texas by a disturbed veteran he was helping, who was said to have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).