The US will soon begin dropping air drops of humanitarian supplies in northern Iraq to aid 40,000 religious minorities fleeing the Islamist militants surging across the country.
A senior US official told Reuters the military air drops could begin at any time with thousands taking refuge up Mount Sinjar.
Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said President Barack Obama was also considering carrying out airstrikes on the militants - the first such action since the US pulled troops out of Iraq in 2011.
US government sources said the US will fly surveillance drones out of the Kurdish capital Arbil to assess both the Islamic State threat and the capability of Iraqi and Kurdish forces to combat it.
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.