An alleged member of the terrorist organization ISIS was arrested after the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered a plot to assassinate George W. Bush.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner, the alleged operative for the Islamic State was in the United States while plotting to kill the former president.
The review of the unsealed FBI search warrant from March 23 showed that there were two confidential informants as well as surveillance of the suspect’s WhatsApp profile that showed an Ohio man named Shihab Ahmed Shihab wanted to assassinate the former POTUS.
“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.
Undercover informants who were assisting the suspect with obtaining falsified immigration documents were the ones responsible for the FBI’s ability to hone in on the Ohio resident.
“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 Examiner reported.
“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.”
Shihab went so far as to travel to Dallas in November of 2021 and put the former president’s home and the George W. Bush Institute under surveillance, according to the FBI.
A representative from the Justice Department did not respond to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.