An Iraqi man has just been arrested by federal authorities for allegedly being in connection with the ISIS terrorist group’s plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush.
A report from Forbes details how the Iraqi man had plans to assassinate the former president on behalf of the terrorist group and plotted to help smuggle ISIS members into the U.S. in order to successfully carry out the attack.
The U.S. Department of Justice has since announced the arrest of the suspect and identified him as 52-year-old Ahmed Shihab Shihab, who will be facing charges of aiding and abetting in the murder plot.
With assistance from two confidential informants, the FBI was able to discover the assassination plot. The agency had also been tracking the suspect’s account on WhatsApp, a messaging platform.
The FBI applied for a search warrant against the suspect, which was unsealed just this week in a federal court for Ohio’s Southern District. The warrant unveils how the Iraqi man had planned to assassinate Bush after his order to invade Iraq back in 2003, which led to the deaths of numerous Iraqi citizens and the country crumbling.
Apparently, Shihab had been residing in the U.S. since 2020, waiting on an answer for an application he filed for asylum in the country.
One of the confidential informants shared that they came into contact with Shihab by him allegedly asking if they knew how to “obtain replica or fraudulent police and/or FBI identifications and badges.” On the other hand, the other informant was another customer of the smugglers whom the suspect was planning to use to get ISIS members into the U.S. for the assassination plot.
Shihab had told one of the FBI informants back in November 2021 that he belonged to a terror cell named “Al-Raed,” which means “Thunder” and was planning to bring at least 7 Al-Raed members into the U.S., one of them being “the secretary of an ISIS financial minister.”
Allegedly, this terror cell consists of exiled member’s of Iraq’s Baath party, which was known as the political organization of then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Back in February, the DOJ shared that the suspect traveled to Dallas, Texas to surveil Bush and then the following month, was meeting with other individuals to examine sample weapons and uniforms that could be used for the assassination plot.
As of right now, there is no additional information on whether an increase in security measures has been put in place for Bush since the FBI became aware of this alleged plot.
Freddy Ford, chief of staff for the Office of George W. Bush, assured Forbes that, “President Bush has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities.”
Source: American Military News