Abu Muhammad al-Shimali

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Abu Muhammad al-Shimali
Tarad Muhammad al-Jarba

(1979-11-20)November 20, 1979
Died8 September 2017(2017-09-08) (aged 37) (according to Russian military sources)
NationalitySaudi Arabian
OccupationIslamic militant
Known forMember of Islamic State

Tarad Mohammad al-Jarba (Arabic: طراد محمد آل الجربا‎) (November 20, 1979 - September 8, 2017), better known by his kunya Abu Muhammad al-Shimali (Arabic: أبو محمد الشمالي‎), was an Iraqi-born citizen of Saudi Arabia and a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


Abu Muhammad al-Shimali joined Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, continuing his association with the group when it became ISIL.[1] He is from the al-Jarba branch of the Shammar tribe.

Militant activity[edit]

According to the United States Department of State Rewards for Justice Program, he serves "as a key leader in ISIL’s Immigration and Logistics Committee" and helps foreigners travel to fight in Syria, usually via Gaziantep, Turkey, and the Syrian border town of Jarabulus, which at the time ISIL controlled. Al-Shimali and his logistics teams also control smuggling, financial transfers and movement of supplies into Syria and Iraq from Europe, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula.[1]

On September 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury placed al-Shimali on its Specially Designated Nationals list for acting for or on behalf of ISIL. The designation blocks his financial assets and prohibits U.S. persons and financial institutions from dealing with him. On the same day, he was also listed on the United Nations Security Council 1267/1989 (Al-Qaida) Sanctions List, which imposes a travel ban, asset freeze, and arms embargo on Al-Shimali. Al-Shimali is also the subject of an active INTERPOL-UN Special Notice (in the name of Tarad Mohammad Aljarba), which is issued to alert law enforcement agencies worldwide that an individual or entity is subject to UN sanctions.[1][2]

According to The Telegraph he may have played a role in the November 2015 Paris attacks due to his position in managing the flow of fighters across the Syria–Turkey border.[3]

On 8 September 2017, al-Shimali was allegedly killed during a Russian airstrike in Deir ez-Zor, possibly along with Gulmurod Khalimov.[4] He remains the subject of a $5 million USD bounty by the Rewards for Justice Program.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wanted: Information that brings to justice... Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali". Rewards for Justice. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Rewards for Justice - Reward Offer for Information on ISIL Terrorist Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali". United States Department of State. November 18, 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Rayner, Gordon (19 November 2015). "US offers $5 million reward for Isil 'gatekeeper' who arranges terrorists' safe passage from Syria". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  4. ^ Soldatkin, Vladimir; Solovyov, Dmitry (8 September 2017). Jones, Gareth (ed.). "Russia says its air strike kills several top Islamic State commanders in Syria". Reuters. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Retrieved 5 July 2020.