Abu Muhammad al-Shimali

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Abu Muhammad al-Shimali
Tarad Muhammad al-Jarba

(1979-11-20)November 20, 1979
DiedSeptember 8, 2017(2017-09-08) (aged 37) (according to Russian military sources)
NationalitySaudi Arabian
OccupationIslamic militant
Years active2005–2017
Known forMember of Islamic State

Tarad Muhammad al-Jarba (Arabic: طراد محمد آل الجربا‎) (born November 20, 1979 - died September 8th, 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). He remains the subject of a $5,000,000 bounty by the Rewards for Justice Program,[1] but according to the Russian military was killed in a strike it made on a bunker in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, on 8 September 2017.[2][3][4][5] The same strike allegedly killed Gulmurod Khalimov,[2] and, Russia claims, two other senior personnel and forty militants.[5]


Abu Muhammad al-Shimali joined Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, continuing his association with the group when it became ISIL.[1] He was 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 served "as a key leader in ISIL’s Immigration and Logistics Committee" and helped 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 controlled 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][6]

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.[7]

According to the Russian military, he was killed by one of its airstrikes, carried out by Su-34 jets, targeting a bunker in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, on 8 September 2017. Russia claimed the attack killed three further leaders and forty ISIL fighters.[5] One of the leaders allegedly killed was Gulmurod Khalimov, and the attack may have been carried out by one of the largest non-nuclear bombs in existence.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Wanted: Information that brings to justice... Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali". Rewards for Justice. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Maxim A. Suchkov (11 September 2017). "Don't let Islamic State slip the noose in Syria". Al-Monitor. Jamal Daniel News. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ "ISIS 'Deir ez-Zor emir' killed by Russian airstrike in Syria was linked to 2015 Paris attacks". RT. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Russia says its air strike kills several top Islamic State commanders in Syria". Reuters. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Russia claims 'Islamic State' group leaders killed in Syria airstrike". Deutsche Welle. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "US offers $5 million reward for Isil 'gatekeeper' who arranges terrorists' safe passage from Syria". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 July 2016.