Two locations in the Afghan capital have been struck by explosions and armed fighters. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks that are seen as the beginning of a spring offensive.
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.
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.
The president made the offer at the second "Kabul Process" peace conference in Kabul. Attendees are trying to find ways to end an insurgency that began after the US-led ouster of the Taliban in 2001.
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