NUG with an Expiration Date? The combined leadership of Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah is failing - and the Afghan parliament is not helpful. The former president, Hamid Karzai, is on the political circuit - no doubt undermining the current regime and positioning for his return to the palace or paving the way for one of his hand-picked cronies. What's a man to do? General Campbell thinks you should cover all the bases by meeting with some of the opposition leaders. Read "Gary Owen's" take on the NATO commander meeting with former warlords in "NATO Ready to See Other Presidents?: General Campbell Meets the Opposition", Sunny in Kabul Blog, August 1, 2015.
National ID Card Update. The Afghan Council of Ministers has approved a scheduled roll-out of the national digital identity card system. The roll-out will be phased starting in the Kabul area. The launch date is August 19th. The Ministry of Interior is responsible for the program's ID card distribution. The ethnicity of the individual will not be noted on the card but a description of the individuals will be included in a database at the Ministry of Interior. USAID has cut aid to the program because of persistent delays and the European Union (EU) was also threatening to cut aid. (Tolo News, Aug 3, 2015).