The chances of an international mission to evacuate Iraqi refugees from the Sinjar mountains appeared to be vanishing tonight.
The US government announced there were far fewer refugees stranded in the area than previously thought, and an RAF surveillance mission last night bore out the same conclusion.
Yet the Prime Minister confirmed today that British military jets and Chinook helicopters in Cyprus would remain "in place and available if needed".
ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
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.