The US has once again granted Iraq a waiver to continue critical imports of energy from neighboring Iran. Worryingly for Baghdad, the waiver is just for 45-days, considerably less than the 120-day spans previously granted.

Chronically short on power, Iraq gets some 20-30% of its electricity from Iran, but heightened tensions since the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani raised questions over whether Iraq would receive an extension (MEES, 31 January). (CONTINUED - 168 WORDS)