I didn't read the entire articles in the NY Times, but two of their headlines today are
Sunni Militants Drive Iraqi Army Out of MosulBy SUADAD AL-SALHY and TIM ARANGO
Militants spilling over the border from Syria seized control of Iraq's second-largest city in the most stunning success yet of a rapidly widening insurgency that threatens to drag the region into war.
Are we really sure it's a smart idea to send heavy weapons to the rebels in Syria?
Exhausted and Bereft, Iraqi Soldiers Quit FightBy KAREEM FAHIM and SUADAD AL-SALHY
More soldiers are deserting the Iraqi Army, turning the tide of the war and fragmenting an institution that was supposed to provide a common sense of citizenship.
By around 2017, I'd guess we'll see similar headlines for A'stan.