The battle between the Islamic State (IS) and the Kurdish Peshmerga for the control of the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq is no "one sided fight" -even with the help of the Americans.
IS has been beaten back but it is the first in a battle of many that sees America at war in Iraq again.
For three days now the American airforce has pounded the Mosul Dam. The Peshmerga have western weapons but IS is still hanging on.
ITV News' Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray has this report:
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.