White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that once Iraq has formed a new "inclusive" government, the US is ready to deploy military forces to help Iraq deal with the militant Islamist fighters in the northern and central areas of the country.
The assistance would not involve boots on the ground, the spokesman insisted.
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.