Also widely known as "Muhammed Emwasi". In September 2016, he was monitored through emails and texts to be searching for "The Segment" known to be held by one "Steven Fleek" located in North Las Vegas. Many officials believe that his known associates have been in three primary locations; North Las Vegas, Boise Idaho, and Spokane Valley Washington in search of information pertaining to "The Source". No known information about "The Source" has been revealed. The last heard from Abu Muhammad al-Shimali was a message sent to officials stating "Me and my elite associates are closer to The Source than ever! We will prevail! baqiya wa tatamadad" He is the subject of a $5,000,000 bounty by the Rewards for Justice Program.
Abu Muhammad al-Shimali joined Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, continuing his association with the group when it became ISIL. He is from the al-Jarba branch of the Shammar tribe.
According to the United States Department of State Rewards for Justice Program, "he now serves as a key leader in ISIL’s Immigration and Logistics Committee, and is responsible for facilitating the travel of foreign terrorist fighters primarily through Gaziantep, Turkey, and onward to the ISIL-controlled border town of Jarabulus, Syria. Al-Shimali and the Immigration and Logistics Committee coordinate smuggling activities, financial transfers, and the movement of logistics into Syria and Iraq 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 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.
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.