Air strikes in Iraq "have been very effective" according to the US secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel.
Speaking at a news conference in Australia he said: "On the assessment of the effectiveness of the air strikes, they have been very effective by all the reports that we've received on the ground."
He added: "We're constantly assessing where we can continue to assist the Iraqi forces.... The Iraqi government requested our help and our assistance and we'll continue at the request of the Iraqi government."
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.