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Europe pledges aid and arms

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 5:29 p.m. CDT
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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen stands in front of a Transall transport aircraft of German Bundeswehr on Friday at the airfield Hohn in Alt Duvenstedt, about 60 miles north of Hamburg in northern Germany. Germany has been sending humanitarian aid, including drinking water, blankets, medicine and food, to Irbil, northern Iraq.

BRUSSELS – The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents. Several EU nations pledged more humanitarian aid.

The emergency meeting of the bloc’s 28 foreign ministers in Brussels marked a shift toward greater involvement in Iraq.

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