U.S. grants Iraq another Iran sanctions waiver

Another 90-day waiver allows for critical power purchases as Iraq tries to balance relations between rival powers.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Baghdad on Jan. 9, 2019. (Photo credit: Office of the Prime Minister)

The U.S. government has given Iraq another 90-day waiver from Iran sanctions to enable energy imports that are critical for meeting domestic demand.

A previous 90-day waiver, granted in December, was set to expire on Tuesday; the new extension, which was confirmed by a State Department official and two other officials familiar with the decision, is effective immediately.

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