Australian-delivered munitions have made it to the 1050-kilometre frontline in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq and are already in use by Peshmerga forces in the fight against Islamic State militants who have waged a vicious war throughout northern and western Iraq since June.

In an interview with Fairfax Media, the Minister for Peshmerga Affairs, Mustafa Sayid Qadir, confirmed munitions delivered by Australia to Erbil had arrived on September 2 and 7. A third delivery arrived on a undetermined date. Mr Qadir thanked Australia for its assistance in dealing with the crisis facing the citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan.

“We had such a great need for ammunition that it was like a thirsty man suddenly being given water,” he said. […]