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Earlier today a team of US special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in
Iraq to look at the options for rescuing an unknown number of
Yazidis who remain stranded. David Cameron insisted there would be no
military intervention in Iraq and no recall of Parliament. Britain will
contribute to the humanitarian operation, but what will that
involve. The BBC's siege purity correspondent Frank Gardner is here.
Have we got any idea what they will be given? There are a number of
tasks that have to be done. One is the immediate aid and rescue to get
these thousands of refugees out of danger and to somewhere safe. They
will have to be housed and somebody will have to do something about
Islamic state. The immediate priority according to the Government
today was the rescue package for those refugees. This is what David
Cameron had to say. The first thing is to deal with this
desperate humanitarian situation with people who are exposed,
starving, dying of thirst on this mountainside and getting
them to a place of safety. Yes, of course we should continue to
support the Kurds and in terms of the ammunition they are getting
Britain is going to be playing a role in helping to get that to them.
We have heard that the SAS are already on the ground. We get so
many conflicting figures about what is happening on Mount Sinjar and who
is there. I have just got off the phone to the man who is coordinating
this whole humanitarian rescue effort. It is his first interview
with the broadcast media. He tells me there are 300,000 displaced
people, including 50,000 questions. 300,000? 300,000 overall that are in
need of rescuing. This is a massive operation. Britain is sending
slightly mixed signals.