Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said in a statement on August 26 that seven countries will join US-led intervention to arm Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The supporting countries are Albania, Britain, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, and France.
France is the first European country to call to send arms to supply Kurds and has confirmed the delivery of sophisticated weapons to Kurdish forces.
Canada has committed to transport arms provided by allies and 30 Canadian Forces personnel in two cargo planes, a CC-177 Globemaster and a CC-130J Hercules.
Britain will supply non-lethal equipment, including body armour and night vision goggles, while Denmark has become the latest Western government to fly a Hercules C-130 aircraft carrying 55 Danish troops along with emergency aid and weapons to northern Iraq.
Italy will supply machine guns, anti-tank rockets, and ammunition, as Albania is sending 22 million cartridges, 15,000 grenades and 32,000 mortar missiles.
Croatia is set to provide surplus weapons left from the end of the last war in the former Yugoslavia. As Iraqi Kurds are mostly armed with weapons from the former USSR, Croatian government said, “they will find these arms compatible.”
Germany, in a break with post-war tradition, has also agreed to supply non-lethal military materials to Iraq to fight against Islamist militants. According to German media, Spiegel Online, the pacifist government will supply 4,000 bulletproof vests, 200 radio units, 680 night vision devices, along with 4,000 helmets, 20 metal detectors and 30 mines probes.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the seven countries will help provide "urgently needed arms and equipment" to Kurdish forces.
At the same time, hundreds of soldiers have been sent to northern Iraq by Iran, which also provided weapons and ammunitions.
According to Al Jazeera, it is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops are involved in fighting Sunni rebel group