President Barack Obama appears poised to intervene in Iraq, less than three years after US forces pulled out of the country.
The White House has committed to an initial humanitarian response with thousands of religious minorities trapped on Mount Sinjar after fleeing surging Islamist militants.
But, as ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports, the president is pondering taking more decisive methods of intervention in the crisis.
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.