The inability of the Afghan government to appoint a cabinet has been the topic of online humor. Read more in "Taliban 'joke' joins online mockery over delayed Afghan cabinet", Reuters, January 6, 2015.
A compelling story of an Afghan, age 66, who transports the dead of both sides (Taliban and government) to their homes. Read "Ferrying the Dead of Both Sides in a Cruel Afghan War", The New York Times, January 6, 2015.
Critics point to the Guantanamo detention center as a recruitment tool for al- Qaeda and the Taliban. It appears that an increased number of transfers is taking place that may allow the closing of the detention facility at some point in the future. Read more in "The Path to Closing Guantanamo", The New York Times, January 5, 2015.
The newly appointed Ambassador to Afghanistan - P. Michael McKinley - presented his diplomatic credentials to President Ghani at a ceremony on Tuesday in Kabul.