Albania has started sending weapons and ammunition to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, a defense ministry source said on Thursday.

The first shipment was sent on Sunday, said a ministry source who requested anonymity.

Despite being one of the poorest nations in Europe, Muslim-majority Albania earlier this month said it would send large quantities of weapons to help Kurdish fighters beat back advancing jihadists, including up to 22 million AK47 rifle rounds and 32,000 artillery shells. […]