an iraqi was arrested this Tuesday in the United States for having planned to assassinate former US President George W. Bush (2001-2009) for the suffering caused by the invasion of Iraq.
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, the suspect Shihab Ahmed Shihab, 52, was arrested on Tuesday by the FBI and appeared in federal court, where he was charged with an immigration felony and complicity in a plot to kill Bush.
Shihab reportedly traveled to Dallas, Texas last February to monitor Bush-related locationsand a month later he met with other accomplices in a hotel room in Columbus (Ohio) to see samples of firearms and police uniforms.
According to the indictment, the Iraqi entered the US in September 2020 with a visitor visa and in March 2021 applied for asylum along with US citizenship, a lawsuit that is still pending resolution.
In this time Shihab was living in Columbus and Indianapolis (Indiana)and worked in markets and restaurants.
Court documents indicate that the accused also tried to illegally bring Iraqis to the US to carry out his plan.
Specifically, in August 2021, he allegedly tried to smuggle into the country an individual he thought was Iraqi, but was in fact an FBI-orchestrated hoax, in exchange for payment of $40,000.
The indictment adds that Shihab planned to bring four Iraqis to the US. with the aim of assassinating Bush and intended them to flee across the border with Mexico once the former president was dead.
Shihab faces a possible life sentence for allegedly having planned to assassinate the former president and to 10 years in prison for the migratory crime that has been imputed to him.
Before the indictment was made public, Forbes magazine had revealed that the FBI was investigating Shihab for this plot and explained that this body was put on the Iraqi’s trail thanks to two informants and the surveillance of his WhatsApp account. .
Forbes, who had access to the FBI’s search warrant, stated that eThe Iraqi would be linked to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy Ford, said in a statement published by US media that the former president “trusts the world, the United States Secret Service and the security and intelligence communities.”