General Pierre-Richard Kohn said if NATO applied "blind force," it would "defeat the Taliban quickly."
But he said the alliance, under criticism for civilians recently killed in its anti-Taliban operations, is not using cluster bombs or weapons that endanger civilians. Kohn accused Taliban insurgents of "barbaric methods," including using civilians as human shields.
U.S., NATO Face Backlash On Civilian Deaths
"If you are a father or a mother and you lose a son or a daughter, you don't care if that attack was legal," one rights activist said. more
Children As Human Shields
NATO officials say seven children killed in a recent air strike were being used as human shields by Taliban insurgents. more
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