President Barack Obama has met with his national security team after Islamist militants advanced across northern Iraq.
Some 40,000 religious minorities have been forced to flee, with many taking refuge in mountains.
A picture of the meeting in the Situation Room was released by White House officials.
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.