Islamic State militants might have suffered a temporary setback in Iraq, but solving the troubled country's problems will be a far bigger challenge. By Senior International Correspondent John Irvine in Irbil.
While the humanitarian crisis affecting the poor people on and around Mount Sinjar persists, the sense of crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan has eased somewhat thanks to today's victory, and perhaps a little breathing space has been created.
The Americans have made clear they do not think the answer to Islamic State is laser-guided bombs ahead of a Kurdish advance. Rather, they want all Iraqis to reject the Islamists.
But the truth of the matter is that Iraqi Sunnis prefer Islamic State to the government in Baghdad and creating a more inclusive government in Baghdad is an excruciatingly slow process.
It is no wonder President Obama says that rolling back the militants and putting Iraq back together again is a project that may take years - if it is possible at all.
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.