Media playback is unsupported on your device

US says evacuation of Yazidi refugees in Iraq unlikely

14 August 2014 Last updated at 13:50 BST

The US says it is unlikely to launch a mission to save Iraqis fleeing Islamist fighters on Mt Sinjar as there are fewer people there than expected.

On Wednesday, the UN said tens of thousands from the Yazidi religious minority were on the run from fighters from the militant group, Islamic State, who have threatened to exterminate them.

But US Special Forces who carried out a reconnaissance mission to the mountain say the number is not as high as previously thought.

Mike Wooldridge reports.