US coalition accuses Taliban of using children as human shields

September 19, 2007 17:31

Taliban fighters carrying machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades used children as human shields during a battle in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, a tactic that forced US-led coalition soldiers to hold their fire, the coalition said. The fighting in Uruzgan province began when more than 20 insurgents attacked a joint Afghan and coalition patrol Wednesday morning. As a coalition aircraft prepared to bomb the site, "coalition forces as well as the aircraft identified several insurgents in one compound using children as human shields," a coalition statement said. Ground forces and the aircraft withheld fire to avoid injuring the children, it said.

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