Germany has sent off military equipment to help Kurdish fighters in their battle with ISIL forces in Iraq.
This breaks a post-World War Two taboo on sending weapons to active conflict zones.
A military transport plane has taken off from Leipzig.
German army Lieutenant-Colonel Christoph Von Loewenstern said: “This is the first of several flights until the beginning of October. They will
probably also take off from Leipzig-Halle. Today 60 tonnes of weapons and ammunition are concerned.”
In the coming week some 600 tonnes of military equipment will be sent, including anti-tank missiles, assault rifles and heavy machine guns. Protective gear and medical supplies are also included.
So far some eight countries have agreed to arm the Kurd fighters.