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Iraq crisis: UK 'will play role' in rescue mission, says Cameron

13 August 2014 Last updated at 15:36 BST

Britain will "play a role" in an international mission to rescue stranded Yazidi refugees in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on the crisis, he said "detailed plans" were being put in place for the operation.

The UK has made a third round of aid drops to help the thousands fleeing Islamist militants across mountains.

''We need a plan to get these people off that mountain and get them to a place of safety,'' he said.

''There are detailed plans now being drawn up - Britain will play a role,'' he added.