Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim

Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim is the head of one of Iraq’s most prominent Shi’ite Islamist parties, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI). He took over the ISCI’s leadership in 2009 after his father, Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the former leader and founder of the party, passed away. Born in 1971 and exiled to Iran in 1979, al-Hakim has been politically active much of his life, and is considered one of the most influential figures in Iraqi politics today. Since 2003, he has been the target of several assassination attempts by rivals of his Shi’ite Islamist party.