The NATO report has stressed that "everything is on the table" regarding the peace talks with the Taliban on the Afghan issue contradicting diplomats' view that any negotiation would be based on an understanding that the Taliban would accept the constitution, women's rights and the sovereignty of the Afghan government.
The Taliban assessment that they can take over much of the country contradicts sharply with NATO's view that the Taliban have been demoralised and their fighting capability has been reduced due to the capture tactics of Special Operations forces.
The report, however, contains the flaw of describing Afghan civilians' views towards the Taliban, as if those interviewed represented the country as a whole, The New York Times reports.
The vast majority of people detained belonged to 10 provinces with overwhelmingly Pashtun populations.
Most of the rest of the country has a far more skeptical and antagonistic view of the Taliban.
The American military has dubbed the report as a bunch of detainees spouting party line and propaganda rather than military analysis informed by detainee interrogations