The United Kingdom is prepared to help ensure Kurdish fighters are adequately armed to counter the threat of Islamic State jihadists, it has emerged.
Downing Street insisted that yesterday's Cobra emergency committee meeting resulted in David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and other officials agreeing it was "vital" that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are able to stop the advance of IS.
It is expected the UK would provide weapons and equipment should the Kurdish leadership make a request.
On what equipment would be provided to the Kurds, a No 10 source said: "It is dependent on what the Kurds would need."
Such a move would follow similar commitments from France, with President Francois Hollande confirming the "imminent delivery of military equipment" to Kurdish forces in a phone call with Iraqi president Fouad Massoum.
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An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
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