Originally Posted by Warhammer
Damn, that's a good question. I never thought of that.
That's what really bothers me. The Ten Rings were villains in the first and third films (technically, they also give Vanko the envelope) and they get no comeuppance. Even though the Mandarin was a complete joke and Killian is dead, the organization still exists and still committed acts of terror. Absolutely no comeuppance whatsoever.
The guys in the first Iron Man film can just be thought of as some fringe group that fell for the Killian/Mandarin hype (assuming it builds up, peaking in Iron Man 3), and acted in their name without true association.