America will act to prevent acts of genocide against Iraqi citizens by Islamist fighters, Barack Obama said after authorising air strikes against militants.
"When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye," Mr Obama said.
"We can act; carefully and responsibly to prevent a potential act of genocide.
“Earlier this week, one Iraqi said no-one is coming to help. Well, today America is coming to help.”
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.