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A No 10 spokeswoman said of today's Cobra meeting: "We are seconding a humanitarian expert to the Kurdistan regional government based in Erbil to increase their capacity to respond to the crisis.

A No 10 spokeswoman said of today's Cobra meeting: "We are seconding a humanitarian expert to the Kurdistan regional government based in Erbil to increase their capacity to respond to the crisis.

"The Prime Minister has tasked officials to identify what more can be done to strengthen the existing refugee camp in Dahuk so that it can cope with the influx of refugees that are now heading there.

"We are also providing funding to the International Rescue Committee for their refugee camp in North East Syria, where around 12,000 people have already sought refuge after fleeing the Sinjar region."

On aid deliveries from UK forces, she added: "We will continue these deliveries in the coming days while we firm up plans with our partners to get these people to safety, including the role that Britain will play."

Mr Cameron also called Iraqi prime minister designate Dr Haider Ibadi to express the UK's support for him and his "efforts to establish an inclusive government as swiftly as possible", the No 10 spokeswoman said.

She went on: "They agreed on the importance of uniting all Iraqi communities against the common threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State) terrorists and on the need, in the longer term, for the international community to work together to address the terrorist threat posed by these extremists."

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