An Iraqi man dwelling in Ohio plotted to kill former President George W. Bush through the use of 4 ISIS-linked assassins smuggled throughout the US border with Mexico, officers stated Tuesday.
Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, 52, blamed Bush for launching the Iraq Warfare in 2003 and “breaking up the whole nation,” based on courtroom data unsealed after his arrest on Tuesday.
He claimed to be coordinating with a gaggle in Qatar referred to as “Al Raed” to usher in the assassins, all of whom are Iraq residents and a few who had been allegedly described as intelligence officers within the nation, data present.
The lads, “very skilled in assaults and assassinations,” had been to be smuggled again throughout the border into Mexico after that they had performed the job — in the event that they survived, based on the data, first reported by Forbes.
“SHIHAB said that these people don’t care in the event that they die throughout the mission or make it out of the US,” an affidavit in assist of an software for the prison criticism stated.
Shihab was dwelling in Columbus and Indianapolis largely working in eating places after he utilized for asylum within the US in March 2021, the Division of Justice stated in a information launch. He had come to the nation legally on a customer visa in 2020, based on the DOJ.
He claimed to have gotten the visa via a corrupt Iraqi American contractor on the US Embassy, courtroom data stated. He additionally stated he supposed to marry an American girl to grow to be a citizen and stated he paid for fraudulent papers to indicate he had been divorced from his spouse in Iraq, the affidavit stated.
Shihab instructed two confidential sources, the feds say, that he’d killed many People as a part of the resistance in Iraq from 2003-06, and stated he had been imprisoned abroad by the US and others.
The accused even went to Dallas in February to conduct surveillance on Bush’s house and the George W. Bush Institute, data claimed.
Shihab allegedly visited a Columbus lodge a month later to take a look at pattern weapons and a US border patrol uniform.
He had beforehand accepted fee as a part of a $40,000 payment to assist smuggle into the US a person he thought was a fellow Iraqi however was truly an individual made-up as a part of the FBI probe, the DOJ stated.
The accused is dealing with as much as 20 years behind bars for the tried homicide of a former US official and one other 10 years on every cost of bringing somebody into the nation illegally, the DOJ stated.