US official describes as "counterproductive" Israeli announcement to appropriate land, said to be largest in 30 years.
Government forces mainly composed of peshmerga fighters enter northern town where thousands of civilians were trapped.
Democratic and Republican representatives criticise US president as he wrestles with crises in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.
Abdullah al-Thinni quit last week as PM but was asked by elected parliament to form government amid ongoing violence.
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