An Iraqi man living in Ohio planned to kill former President George W. Bush using four ISIS-linked assassins smuggled across the US-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday.
Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, 52, accused Bush of starting the Iraq war in 2003 and “ripping the whole country apart,” according to court documents unsealed after his arrest on Tuesday.
He claimed to be coordinating with a group called “Al Raed” in Qatar to bring in the assassins, all of whom are Iraqi nationals and some of whom were said to be the country’s intelligence officers, records show.
The men, “well versed in assault and assassinations,” would be smuggled back across the border to Mexico after the job was done — if they survived, according to the notes first reported by Forbes.
“SHIHAB stated that these individuals do not care whether they die during the mission or make it out of the United States,” the affidavit said in support of a criminal complaint.
Shihab lived in Columbus and Indianapolis and worked mostly in restaurants after applying for asylum in the United States in March 2021, the Justice Department said in a press release. According to the DOJ, he had entered the country legally in 2020 on a visitor visa.
He claimed to have obtained the visa through a corrupt Iraqi-American contractor at the US embassy, court filings say. He also said he intends to marry an American woman to become a citizen and said he paid for fraudulent paperwork to show he was divorced from his wife in Iraq, the affidavit said.
Shihab told two confidential sources that from 2003 to 2006 he killed many Americans as part of the resistance in Iraq and that he was imprisoned by the US and others abroad.
The defendant even traveled to Dallas in February to patrol Bush’s home and the George W. Bush Institute, records say.
Shihab reportedly visited a Columbus hotel a month later to see sample weapons and a US Border Patrol uniform.
He had previously accepted payment as part of a $40,000 fee to help smuggle into the US a man he thought was a fellow Iraqi but was actually one within the FBI -Investigation fictional, DOJ said.
The defendant faces up to 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of a former US official and an additional 10 years for any charge of illegally bringing someone into the country, the DOJ said.
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