US secretary of state John Kerry warned today that the violent acts carried out by Islamist militants in Iraq "show all the warning signs of genocide"
"With the potential of further executions taking place," he said, "and because people are a minority huddled for safety on a mountain top, the United States has made its decision that it must save these lives.
"The world needs to join us in the condemnation of these actions," Mr Kerry added, speaking in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
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.