President Barack Obama says he will not allow the US to be dragged back into another war in Iraq as he ruled out sending combat troops back to the country.
Mr Obama, who has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamist fighters, said there was no decision he took more seriously than the use of military force
"As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq," Mr Obama said.
"And so even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq."
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.