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US fire airstrikes against IS and drop supplies in Iraq

9 August 2014 Last updated at 13:52 BST

The US has carried out airstrikes in an attempt to stem the advance of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

It has also carried out a second air drop of supplies to the Yazidi people on a mountainside in northern Iraq.

Thousands of them are fleeing from IS, which deems their ancient religion to be devil worship.

A British cargo plane has also set off, the BBC understands, to take humanitarian aid to Iraq.

Nick Childs reports.