US President Barack Obama is reportedly considering sanctioning airstrikes and emergency relief airdrops to help 40,000 religious minorities who are trapped on a mountaintop in northern Iraq after threats by Islamist militants.
The New York Times quoted as a senior administration official who said Mr Obama is examining a range of options after the Islamic State fighters stood firm at the base of Mount Sinjar.
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.