I really do not think there is any solution to this, the more you start fighting them, the more they will turn against any American. They did not really go kill before, but used hostages as bait to get money, now they are out to possibly kill. So this will increase the conflict, and we can't really be caught up in another mess. Remember Mogadishu? What happened there with U.S. troops, have a look at the movie Black Hawk Down.