US officials have told NBC News the CIA is providing weapons directly to Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq.
Small arms and reportedly shoulder-fired weapons have been sent to the forces through the CIA rather than channelling through the Iraqi government.
The US will also continue its targeted military air strikes "to level the playing field" in support of the Peshmerga, officials said.
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.