Report: Alleged ISIS Member who Planned to Assassinate George W. Bush Arrested

Authorities have arrested an alleged ISIS member planning to assassinate former President George W. Bush due to his role in the Iraq war. Unsealed FBI search warrants revealed an Ohio man named Shihab Ahmed Shihab wished to kill Bush and even staked out his home in Texas to carry out the plot.

The Washington Examiner reports:

“President Bush has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities,” a spokesperson for the Office of George W. Bush told Forbes.

Shihab has lived in the U.S. since 2020, was based in Columbus, Ohio, and had an asylum application pending, according to the FBI’s documentation. The person claimed to be part of a unit named “al Raed,” which was reportedly led by a former Iraqi pilot for Saddam Hussein and operated out of Qatar until the pilot’s recent death. There may be up to seven different members of this unit, according to the warrant request. Shihab’s identity was kept anonymous in initial reports but was reported by NBC News after he was taken into custody.

The alleged ISIS member also traveled to Dallas in November 2021 to surveil the former president’s home and the George W. Bush Institute.

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