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Taliban reportedly use kids as shields

September 20, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Taliban fighters used children as human shields in southern Afghanistan, forcing U.S.-led coalition soldiers to hold their fire for a time, the coalition said.

The soldiers did fight the insurgents when they tried to flee their compound, and more than a dozen suspected militants were killed, the coalition said. The report, which was impossible to verify independently, did not list any casualties among troops or civilians.

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