Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has called on the Government to speak out on Iraq and ensure the international community "does not simply walk by on the other side".
Welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to authorise limited air strikes in the region, Alexander called the plight of the Yazidi community "an acute and immediate catastrophe."
"The Iraqi government has asked for help. The UN Security Council has urged the world to act, and the United States has unique abilities to help avert massacre," he added.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have emerged victorious in the battle for Mosul Dam, but the question is - what will their next move be?
An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
ITV News joined a Kurdish unit fighting Islamist militants near Irbil and found them using tanks from the 1950s and short on ammunition.