Cutting off the electricity supply …the Iranian regime deepens Suffering of Iraq

Cutting off the electricity supply …the Iranian regime deepens Suffering of Iraq

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The Energy Committee in the Iraqi province of Wasit announced  the stop  of Iran’s electricity supplies  to Iraq amounting to 1250 MW, since the beginning of 2017, due to the «accumulated» debt , pointing out that the Ministry of Electricity called on all citizens to rationalize consumption and  lift the excesses to avoid increasing the hours of the  cut . The Chairperson of the Committee, Amal al- Ugaili said , that «the Iranian ministry of Energy  halted the   electricity supply for Iraq  across the four lines, Khrmchehr- Basrah , karkhah  – Amara , Mirsad – Diyala, and Serpil Zahab – Khanaqin», noting that «the four lines are out of service altogether, because of  the accumulated debts on the Iraqi government to the Iranian Ministry of energy. » . Iranian move came suddenly and without warning, despite the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity  paid  two months ago  an estimated $ 100 million of the owed debt.

Musab al-Mudaris   , a spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity confirmed   the  halt  by saying: “Iran had halted three  lines  of super  Voltage  and ultra-high pressure  with a  capacity of 1200 MW; and because of the amount of  accumulated debt  amounted  nearly billion dollars.” It is noteworthy that the Iranian regime stopped partially, in July of last year, the electric power supply to Iraq through  the lines  “Khorramshahr – Basra,” and “Krkhh – Amara”, both of which the capacity  of  supply  of them   to  reach 800 megawatts, and they were  operated later, after repayment of debt. Where the majority of Iraqi provinces are suffering from an increase in the hours of power cuts.

He  also states that Iraq is suffering a shortage of electric power since the beginning of the year 1990, and increased hours of rationing power after 2003, in Baghdad and the provinces, because a lot of stations are old  as well as  the exposure to the sabotage attacks on facilities over the past few years, that the  hours of power cuts for  citizens had been increased  to about twenty hours per day. The issue  a power in Iraq has become   an issue  for the financial corruption, like other basic services, prompting successive governments since 2003 to postpone  thinking about  it to indefinite perspective. After that successive governments have become confident of their inability to provide self- electricity resorted to signing an agreement with the Iranian government to import the bulk of Iraq’s need of electricity, making the country at the mercy of the Iranians.

The Iranian behavior in this way  raises a state of  surprise , especially among those who pursue  of the path of “progress” in the Iranian-Iraqi relations in the post-2003,  noting that  in order to get   billion of  US dollars, the Iranian regime  halted  the electric supply to  Iraq and forgot  completely  of what has been provided to it by  Iraq  in all forms of material support in the era of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, to ease the burden of the economic sanctions imposed on the Iranian regime against the backdrop of its nuclear program.

The support was not restricted at this level  to  this regime , but has taken many forms since Iraq has become in the era of Nuri al-Maliki  the main supporter for   the rule of Bashar al-Assad to suppress his own people and to provide material support  for  him  as Iraq has become an  air and ground conduit  for Iranian  Shiite militias  to fighting alongside the ally of the Iranian regime in Syria . If we assume that Iraq is an ally of the Iranian regime and not the state is going in the pole of  Iranian influence,  the common logic says the Iranian regime should  to stand by his ally,  and in particular it passes a severe economic crisis, but the opposite happened as Iranian ally increases the pain of the Iraqi ally.  So for the Iranian regime , the interests is  thing and the  doctrine and the sect. something else , contrary to what Iraqi officials sought to play on  it,  when they misled  their people  that it is interested in the salvation of Iraq through the development of services in it.

And with this cutting, political analysts said that the Iranian regime is dealing with Iraq, under the rule of the allied Shiite parties, as a subsidiary, and not as an independent country, arguing that these parties do not move except in accordance with its rules and interests. And the agreement to buy electricity from the Iranian regime can be viewed from a political party as part of a project of the ruling religious parties in Iraq to serve the Iranian economy by providing hard currency and in a   a permanent way, let alone to put a vital part of basic services in the  grip of  Iranian institution which is contrary to what many believe noting that it  put its own economic interest above all other considerations, including sectarian considerations.

Isn’t  Iraq as a result of the current economic, security, political and military conditions  considered  one  of the most vulnerable countries that should the Iranian regime to stand by it as  being :

first  a neighbor  State of  it

Second  Iraq is an Islamic state  of  the same religious doctrine

Isn’t  right  for the Iranian regime to stand by it, but the regime  to cut off the Iranian oil supplies  about  Iraq It confirms and there is no doubt  that the  “Islamic” speech  sticking on it   is only slogans have no value and worthless  when it collides to its  supreme interests noting that  according to those interests we see the face of the Iranian revolutionary regime and statist  face   .the sectarian  factor    is very limited  in the Iranian regime’s relations with the States and even if they follow the same doctrine, and its tense relations with Azerbaijan is a proof of that, but the sectarian factor is clearly emerged  in its ties with non-statist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Shiite  parties and  militias in Iraq and the Houthis in Yemen .

All of Iraq positions  towards the Iranian regime did not intercede in the economic sanctions stage  that were imposed upon it, and the positions that the Central Bank of Iraq has become in the era of Nuri al-Maliki, a follower of the Central Bank of Iran to mitigate the impact of those sanctions, also did not intercede for the presence of Iraqi militias allied to the Iranian regime to fight alongside Bashar al-Assad, as when the Iranian regime  to stop electricity supply for the southern provinces in Iraq  is essentially  to cut off the electricity  about the people of militias in those provinces  as they are fighting in Syria to defend  about its  expansion project  in the Levant,  while the Iranian regime increases the pain  of their loved ones in the south of Iraq in particular .

The summary of saying :  the ethics of Islam taken by Iran as the basic  Marjaa for its  political regime  are  to relief  Muslims  and to overcomes their pains , Iraq today  does not  require from   the Iranian regime  to open  its treasures  to it , but at least  to consider  those previous positions of Iraq and to be  patient  a bit on the Iraqi debt  and  we don’t say  to abolish it as it was done by  some countries towards each other   but  to consider  positions.

The unity of the Iraqi Studies

Translated by :  Mudhaffar  Kusairi

Rawabet Center for  Research and Strategic Studies