The Iraqi cabinet recently approved a $365 million pipeline to import gas from Iran, and the Electricity Ministry quickly signed the contract, even though several important questions remain unanswered. Is the deal economical, advantageous to Iraq, or even necessary in the first place? Does it violate U.S. sanctions against Iran?
Neither the Cabinet nor the Electricity Ministry has fully addressed such issues. Their hasty dealings suggest that Iraq lacks a coherent energy strategy.