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Iranians, Iraqis mourn death of Shiite leader

 Followers of of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weep after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, th...
 In this May 26, 2007 photo, released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, le...
 A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim is overcome by grief after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009...
 A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weeps after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, the...
 In this May 26, 2007 photo, released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali,  Khamenei, ...
 A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weeps after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, the...
 A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weeps after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, the...
 FILE - In this April 8, 2006 file photo, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq appears at a gathe...
 FILE - In this July 12, 2004 file photo, the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leaves a news confe...

APTOPIX Iraq Obit Al Hakim

Followers of of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weep after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, th...

Mideast Iran Iraq

In this May 26, 2007 photo, released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, le...

Iraq Obit Al Hakim

A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim is overcome by grief after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009...

Iraq Obit Al Hakim

A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weeps after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, the...

Mideast Iran Iraq

In this May 26, 2007 photo, released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali, Khamenei, ...

Iraq Obit Al Hakim

A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weeps after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, the...

Iraq Obit Al Hakim

A follower of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim weeps after the announcement of the Shiite leader's death in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Al-Hakim, the...

Iraq Obit Al Hakim

FILE - In this April 8, 2006 file photo, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq appears at a gathe...

Iraq Obit Al Hakim

FILE - In this July 12, 2004 file photo, the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leaves a news confe...

Thousands of people in Iran flocked to a mourning ceremony to show their respects to the influential Iraqi Shiite leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who died Wednesday in Tehran.
The ceremony Thursday held at the Iraqi Embassy in Tehran was attended by many Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as well as hundreds of Iraqi expatriates.
Al-Hakim was a revered leader within Iraq's Shiite community where he rose to power after the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
He had close ties with Iran after living for 20 years in exile there before Saddam's ouster.
According to al-Hakim's political party, his body will be flown from the Iranian city of Qom to the Iraqi city of Basra Thursday for burial in Iraq.


Updated : 2021-05-17 21:33 GMT+08:00