The first priority in Iraq is the humanitarian situation but the possibility of "eradicating" Islamist militants from the area ultimately needs to be faced, Iraq's ambassador to London has said.
Faik Nerweyi told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I'm not in any position to pinpoint responsibility but it seems that we have failed."
"Let us say as Iraqi state we have failed to create a stable political system where everybody lives in peace," he added.
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.