Tens of thousands of Christians have fled for their lives as Islamic State militants, the jihadist group previously known as Isis, surged across northern Iraq.
The militant group declared on Twitter it had seized 15 towns, a military base and the strategic Mosul dam on the Tigris River - though Kurdish officials claimed their forces retained control of the dam.
Islamic State fighters were seen controlling a checkpoint at a border area of the country's Kurdish region close to the heavily populated city of Arbil.
The ongoing offensive, which began at the weekend and has displaced as many as 200,000 people according to the United Nations, has alarmed the Baghdad government and world powers.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have emerged victorious in the battle for Mosul Dam, but the question is - what will their next move be?
An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
ITV News joined a Kurdish unit fighting Islamist militants near Irbil and found them using tanks from the 1950s and short on ammunition.