By John Ray: Diplomatic Correspondent at Mosul Dam
I have been speaking to General Mansour Barzani, head of Kurdish Peshmerga Special Forces.
He told me that the Islamic State seizure of Mosul Dam was like terrorists possessing a nuclear weapon, such was the potential destructive potential if the dam had been breached.
Whilst they controlled the area IS had killed many men and kidnapped many women, General Barzani said.
He also thanked the US for their air support but said that the Peshmerga still needed more heavy weapons from the West.
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.