The United States has begun urgently shipping weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling an advance by extremist Islamic State militants, the State Department said Monday.

“The Kurds need additional arms. We are providing those and working to provide” more, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

“The government of Iraq has made deliveries from its own stock to the Kurds, and we are working to do the same, in coordination with all the relevant parties,” she said. […]