Iran Power Cuts Fuel Fears in Iraq

Cash-strapped Iran has put pressure on Iraq’s government to release payments for power after falling into arrears. The development comes with months of scorching summer temperatures still to come, and ahead of much anticipated federal elections.

Iraq’s reliance on Iranian energy imports has geopolitical consequences and has been a source of ongoing tensions with the US Washington has conditioned successive sanctions waivers — enabling these imports to continue — on Iraq becoming more energy independent.

The stakes are high for Iraq’s government as electricity outages have routinely led to violent protests, particularly in the south.