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Official: Iraq Shiite leader in critical condition

Official: Iraq Shiite leader in critical condition

An aide says one of Iraq's most powerful Shiite leaders is in critical condition in an intensive care ward at an Iranian hospital after suffering a setback while being treated for lung cancer.
The aide to Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim says doctors in Tehran believe they have done all they can for him.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
Al-Hakim wielded enormous influence since the 2003 U.S. invasion as head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, maintaining close ties to both the Americans and his Iranian backers.
The party's television station, al-Forat, said Wednesday that al-Hakim's health as dangerously deteriorated and called on people to pray for his recovery.


Updated : 2021-03-08 06:45 GMT+08:00