Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis
|Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis|
|Full Name||Jamal Ja'far al-Tamimi|
|Well-known As||Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis|
|Religious Affiliation||Shia Islam|
|Place of Birth||Basra|
|Martyrdom||January 3, 2020|
|Cause of Martyrdom||US drone attack near Baghdad Airport|
|Burial Place||Wadi al-Salam cemetery in Najaf.|
|Notable roles||Deputy of the commander of al-Hashd al-Sha'bi|
Abū Mahdī al-Muhandis (Arabic: أبو مهدي المهندس) was deputy of the commander of al-Hashd al-Sha'bi of Iraq. He was a member of Islamic Da'wa Party and Supreme Council in this country. He was one of the founders of Kata'ib Hizb Allah and al-Hashd al-Sha'bi and was one of the most influential Iraqi commanders in ousting ISIS from Iraq. Abu Mahdi was martyred along with Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2020 by a US drone near Baghdad Airport.
Jamal Ja'far al-Tamimi, well-known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was born in Basra in 1954 to an Iraqi father and an Iranian mother. He entered University of Technology in Baghdad in 1973 and received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He continued his education in the field of political sciences and later received his PhD. He also studied elementary hawza lessons in Basra in the school of Ayatollah Sayyid Muhsin al-Hakim.
US had placed Abu Mahdi on its list of terrorists since 2009. On Jan 3, 2020 and following a US drone attack, he was martyred along with Qasem Soleimani and a number of others near Baghdad Airport. Their bodies were taken to al-Kadhimiyya, Karbala, Najaf, Ahwaz, Mashad, Tehran and Qom. Abu Mahdi had a funeral in Basra and then buried in Wadi al-Salam cemetery in Najaf.
Political and Military Activities
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis joined Islamic Dawa Party in early 1970s. When he became a wanted man, he had no choice but to leave Iraq. First he went to Kuwait then entered Iran. He became a member of Supreme Council of Iraq in 1985.
Abu Mahdi joined Badr Army in 1983 and was appointed as its commander in 2002. He was in charge of an attempt on Tariq Aziz, Iraq's foreign minister under Saddam Hussain. Abu Mahdi was one of the founders of Kata'ib Hizb Allah in Iraq. Following the establishment of al-Hashd al-Sha'bi in Iraq, he was appointed as the deputy of its commander. However, as experts state, he was considered as the main commander of al-Hashd al-Sha'bi in the battlefield. He played a key role in the planning and implementation of the operation to oust ISIS from Iraq.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from ابومهدی المهندس in Farsi Wikishia.