13/08/2014 Newsnight


13/08/2014

In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Kirsty Wark.


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David Cameron insists there will be no military intervention to tackle

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ISIS and no recall of Parliament, but is the Islamic state threat

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growing by the day and fatally undermining Iraq?

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I have been talking to senior Kurds about exactly what they need to

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defeat the forces of the Islamic state.

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We will discuss this with a former special forces officer

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If you were having a heart attack, would you prefer to be injected

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A new experiment will see 8,000 people unwittingly given a sea

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You are not very hot, only at times. Sometimes I knew exactly what you

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are going to say most of the time. The other times... The other times

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No-one messed with the characters Lauren Bacall played

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But why are those parts for women few and far between?

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And as NASA suspends collaboration with Russia,

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is space exploration an unexpected victim of the Ukraine crisis?

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Earlier today a team of US special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in

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Iraq to look at the options for rescuing an unknown number of

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Yazidis who remain stranded. David Cameron insisted there would be no

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military intervention in Iraq and no recall of Parliament. Britain will

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contribute to the humanitarian operation, but what will that

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involve. The BBC's siege purity correspondent Frank Gardner is here.

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Have we got any idea what they will be given? There are a number of

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tasks that have to be done. One is the immediate aid and rescue to get

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these thousands of refugees out of danger and to somewhere safe. They

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will have to be housed and somebody will have to do something about

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Islamic state. The immediate priority according to the Government

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today was the rescue package for those refugees. This is what David

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Cameron had to say. The first thing is to deal with this

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desperate humanitarian situation with people who are exposed,

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starving, dying of thirst on this mountainside and getting

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them to a place of safety. Yes, of course we should continue to

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support the Kurds and in terms of the ammunition they are getting

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Britain is going to be playing a role in helping to get that to them.

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We have heard that the SAS are already on the ground. We get so

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many conflicting figures about what is happening on Mount Sinjar and who

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is there. I have just got off the phone to the man who is coordinating

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this whole humanitarian rescue effort. It is his first interview

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with the broadcast media. He tells me there are 300,000 displaced

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people, including 50,000 questions. 300,000? 300,000 overall that are in

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need of rescuing. This is a massive operation. Britain is sending

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slightly mixed signals.

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