The United States government has praised Iraq prime minister Nuri al-Maliki for dropping his bid for a third term in office and putting his support behind a potential replacement, Haider al-Abadi.
"Today, Iraqis took another major step forward in uniting their country," US national security adviser Susan Rice said in a statement.
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.