Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has told ITV News Britain must share the load militarily with the US in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
The Conservative former front-bencher said if the "reticent" Barack Obama had opted for airstrikes in northern Iraq and the Francois Hollande had agreed to arm the Kurds, the British "should be willing to use military force if required".
"This government has the constitutional powers to intervene and use military power if required and I think we should go ahead and do so because I think the justification to do so is overwhelming," he told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship in a phone interview.
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.