Germany's armed forces have begun sending aid supplies to northern Iraq, the country's defence minister says, adding that potential delivery of military equipment is also being looking into.
The first plane set off for Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, carrying medicines, food and blankets and further aid flights were planned for the day.
Ursula von der Leyen said Iraqi troops are trained on and wanted weapons from the former Soviet Union, adding: "Germany does not have such weapon systems and could also not deliver them."
The country is currently considering sending equipment such as protective helmets and vests, she noted.
But in an interview with Germany's Bild, von der Leyen said: "Generally, if a genocide can be prevented with German weapons, then we must help."
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have emerged victorious in the battle for Mosul Dam, but the question is - what will their next move be?
An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
ITV News joined a Kurdish unit fighting Islamist militants near Irbil and found them using tanks from the 1950s and short on ammunition.