President Obama has interrupted his holiday to return to Washington for meetings with vice president Joe Biden and other advisers on the US military campaign in Iraq and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
The White House announced Mr Obama's plans to return to Washington before the US air strikes in Iraq began and before the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson that sparked violent protests.
I think it's fair to say there are, of course, ongoing complicated situations in the world, and that's why you've seen the president stay engaged.
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.