Tarad Mohammad al-Jarba
Born: November 20, 1979;
Place of Birth: Iraq;
Nationality: Saudi Arabian;
Tarad Mohammad al-Jarba, also known by his kunya Abu Muhammad al-Shimali, is an Iraqi-born citizen of Saudi Arabia and a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
He joined the Al-Qaeda terrorist group in Iraq in 2005, continuing his association with the group when it became part of the Islamic State. Al-Shimali was from the al-Jarba branch of the Shammar tribe.
Al-Shimali served as a key leader in Islamic State’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 was controlled by the terrorist group.
He and his logistics teams also controlled smuggling, financial transfers and movement of supplies into Iraq and Syria from Europe, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
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 the Islamic State.
The designation blocked his financial assets and prohibited American citizens and financial institutions from dealing with him.
On the same day, he was also listed on the United Nations Security Council 1267/1989 (Al-Qaeda) Sanctions List, which imposed a travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo on al-Shimali.
He was also the subject of an active Interpol-UN Special Notice (in the name of Tarad Mohammad al-Jarba), which was issued to alert law enforcement agencies worldwide that an individual or entity was subject to UN sanctions.
Some sources say that 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.
There are sources that al-Shimali was allegedly killed during a Russian airstrike in Deir ez-Zor, but the U.S. Department of the Treasury has not confirmed al-Shimali’s death and he remains subject of a $5 million USD bounty by the Rewards for Justice Program.
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