Abdul- Aziz al-Hakim: Powerful Iraqi Shiite Leader Dies in Iran
Abdul- Aziz al-Hakim was a kings-maker in Iraqi politics who channeled rising Shiite Muslim power after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Abdul- Aziz al-Hakim died August 26, 2009 after a battle with lung cancer. The Iraqi theologian and the leader of Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, was 56 years old. Abdul- Aziz al-Hakim was in Iran receiving chemotherapy at the time of his death.
working behind the scenes as the head of the country's biggest Shiite political party.
After Saddam's 2003 fall, al-Hakim hewed close to the Americans even while maintaining his alliance with Tehran, judging that the U.S. military was key to the Shiite rise.
His death comes at a time of political upheaval among Iraq's majority Shiites.