So, before 2003, Al Qaeda and similar extremists were nonexistent in Iraq. Then the war happened. But when we left, stability had mostly returned... then the civil war in Syria exploded, with nothing to counter it, and the conflict there began to spread into Lebanon and Iraq. Now, terrorists who were kicked out of Al Qaeda for being too extremist (they were crucifying people, among other things) have control of most of Iraq, including its second-largest city. Maliki is somehow still the Prime Minister, and he's asking the U.S. to conduct airstrikes. There' s a fear that they may be on the move towards Baghdad... its ultimate goal is a new Islamic state that encompasses at least parts of both Iraq and Syria. Should anything by the U.S. or other foreign powers be done at this point?