Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State militants are receiving donated armaments from Europe, ranging from enough German kit to completely equip a unit, to Soviet-era weapons seized more than 20 years ago when they were en route to Serbia.

As US aircraft pound Islamic State militant positions in northern Iraq, European nations including the UK, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Albania have opted to supply Kurdish fighters with the arms they need to take on the militants.

Germany has proved the most magnanimous, loading an initial 80 tons of materiel on Sept. 5 onto an Antonov AN-124 bound for Erbil in northern Iraq, with a stop in Baghdad for inspection by the Iraqi government. […]