Leaked Islamic State files reveal the ‘borders chief’ who helped funnel terrorists into Syria

Leaked Isil files have revealed the group’s so-called “borders chief”, a senior leader responsible for recruiting thousands of foreign jihadists and funnelling them into Syria.

Tarad Mohamed al-Jaraba, a 37-year-old Iraqi national who uses the nom de guerre Abu Mohamed al-Shimali, facilitated the entry of more than 6,000 fighters over two years.

A third of the 18,000 foreign jihadists who joined the group between 2013 and 2015 put Jaraba down as a “mediator” on their entrance forms, which were leaked to the Syrian opposition newspaper Zaman al-Wasl and shared with the Telegraph.