As hostilities with Iran resume, a shortened waiver period gives the outgoing Trump administration one last opportunity to wield economic leverage in Iraq. This story has been updated to include comments from the U.S. State Department, which were provided shortly after initial publication. The U.S. has granted Iraq a 45-day sanctions waiver to continue importing Iranian energy — an unusually short extension that gives the Trump administration one more chance to threaten Iraq’s economy before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, 2021. Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo approved the new waiver just before the previous, 60-day waiver was set to expire, according to two people briefed on the issue, who said there have […]