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Germany sends arms to Kurd fighters battling ISIL in Iraq

Germany sends arms to Kurd fighters battling ISIL in Iraq
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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.