At least 21 people were killed when the Taliban targetted a restaurant in Kabul's diplomatic district on Friday.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he thinks victory is still possible in Afghanistan's long-running war. Flying into Kabul on a surprise visit, he said some Taliban rebels were signaling readiness to talk.
Neither the Taliban nor the government in Kabul is in a position to win the war in Afghanistan. But a peace deal between the two would damage the already delicate rule of law in the country, says DW's Florian Weigand.
The overall civilian toll fell by 9 percent compared to 2016, but the number of deaths from airstrikes saw a significant jump. A resurgent Taliban and "Islamic State" militants inflicted a bulk of the casualties.
A new government report on military and civilian engagement in Afghanistan makes no mention of progress. According to Berlin, the worsening security situation is severely hampering Germany's commitment to reconstruction.
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