An Iraqi citizen living in Columbus, Ohio has been charged with aiding and abetting a plot to murder former United States President George W. Bush, United States Attorney Kenneth L. Parker said in a statement Tuesday.
Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, 52, was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agents May 24 and appeared in federal court shortly after.
Shihab came to the U.S. in September 2020 on a visitor visa, and filed a claim for asylum in March 2021. He lived in both Columbus and Indianapolis where he worked at markets and restaurants in both cities, the statement said.
The statement said Shihab allegedly planned to smuggle four other Iraqi nationals into the U.S. to kill the former president in retaliation of Iraqi deaths during "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
Shihab then allegedly planned to smuggle the four out of the U.S. after the assassination through the Texas-Mexico border.
First published on May 24, 2022 / 2:09 PM
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