The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 16 December that it had received a consignment of tanks, armoured vehicles, and ammunition from Bulgaria. It provided no further details.

The announcement came after photographs began circulating on social media showing a T-72 tank and as many as 12 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) that had purportedly been delivered to Iraq.

A deal to supply Iraq with 500 refurbished MT-LB armoured vehicles was announced by the Bulgarian prime minister in 2012 but the export data the country has subsequently filed with the UN only recorded the delivery of one MT-LB in 2012-2014, presumably for test and evaluation purposes. […]