U.S. President Barack Obama meets with national security team to discuss next steps in combating Islamic State militants in Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama met with his national security team at the White House on Monday (August 18), following weekend air strikes in Iraq. The U.S. leader interrupted his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts to return to Washington Sunday night (August 17) to discuss both foreign and domestic crises. Obama's return comes on the heels of weekend air strikes on forces of the Islamic State in Iraq, which had captured the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq. Kurdish officials said the aid had helped them retake the dam from the militants. The Mosul Dam fell under the control of Islamic State militants earlier this month. Control of the dam, Iraq's biggest, could give the Sunni fundamentalists the ability to flood cities and cut off vital water and electricity supplies. The air strikes were the first direct U.S. military action in Iraq since the end of 2011, when Washington completed the withdrawal of its troops from the country.