FBI Thwarts Plot Against Former President
The FBI thwarted an alleged ISIS plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush.
According to the Department of Justice, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents arrested the suspect, Iraqi national Shihab Ahmed Shihab, in Ohio on Tuesday.
Shihab is accused of planning an operation called “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” wherein he would smuggle four Iraqi nationals into the United States to kill the former president in “retaliation for Iraqi deaths.”
The DOJ said that Shihab faces 10 years in prison for attempting to bring someone illegally into the U.S. and up to 20 years for aiding and abetting the attempted murder of a former U.S. official.
Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy Ford, provided a statement to The Hill, neither confirming nor denying the alleged plot.
“President Bush has all the confidence in the world in the United States Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence communities,” Ford said.