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Lawmakers in the House and Senate have called for drone strikes and a greater number of forces to help get the situation under control.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in northern Iraq Tuesday for meetings, indicated that the autonomous Kurdish contingent could play a key role in forming a new Iraqi government.

Meanwhile, congressional investigators have found that ISIL seeks to use seized Iraqi territory as a base from which to launch terror strikes against the United States and its allies.

• Adam Kredo is senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon. His Twitter handle is @Kredo0. His email address is kredo@freebeacon.com.