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Plot to Kill George W. Bush in Revenge for Iraq War Was Foiled, FBI Says

  • Iraqi asylum seeker confided plan to paid informant, FBI says
  • Shihab Ahmed Shihab allegedly scoped out Bush’s home, office
Former President George W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush

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An Iraqi asylum seeker living in Ohio was charged with aiding and abetting a plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush in revenge for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, federal prosecutors said.

Shihab Ahmed Shihab, 52, was arrested Tuesday in Ohio by agents with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the U.S. attorney’s office in Cincinnati said in a statement. Shihab was being closely tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he unwittingly revealed the alleged plot to a paid FBI informant in 2021, according to court documents.