Peshmerga fighters do their gun shopping at a market in Erbil, where the prices fluctuate according to the fortunes of war.
Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, told reporters that Iran had been the first country to come to their aid.
Kurdish and Iraqi troops continued the fightback against the Islamic State, and a series of bombings hit Baghdad.
The Iraqi military claims to have “fully cleansed” Mosul Dam of the Islamic State, but VICE News saw that the battle is still underway.
Some members of minority groups who fled the Islamic State into Iraqi Kurdistan told VICE News that they felt exploited by Kurdish politicians.
One of the Pope's top envoys visited Erbil on Wednesday promising to mobilize the powers of the church to help Christians and other minorities.
Besides a vicious enemy, the peshmerga have plenty of difficulties of their own, such as outdated arms, experience, and internal rivalries.
The US moved to arm the peshmerga fighting the Islamic State, while in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appeared to be out of a job.
The Sunni militants made significant gains today, displacing tens of thousands and leaving Kurdish and Iraqi forces scrambling to respond.
Sunni Muslims in the Iraqi capital say they are being increasingly targeted by Shiite militia and harassed by security forces.