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ISIS allegedly plotted to kill George W. Bush by smuggling killers through Mexico

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An FBI search warrant application alleges that an ISIS agent plotted to assassinate George W. Bush with a plan to smuggle a murder squad into the country through Mexico.

The application was filed on March 23 and briefly unlocked this week in the Southern District of Ohio

It describes how the suspect, Shihab Ahmed Shihab, an Iraqi asylum seeker, visited Dallas in November and captured video footage of the area around the former president’s home.

The FBI said the evidence came from two confidential informants and monitoring messages sent to and from the suspect’s WhatsApp account. Forbeswho was the first to report on the command.

The alleged ISIS member reportedly claimed he wanted to kill Bush for his role in launching the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The plot, with international links and claims of powerful connections, sounds sophisticated and far-reaching.

But the reliance on confidential informants — often indicted themselves and who can earn tens of thousands of dollars for their information — will also raise concerns that the details won’t withstand scrutiny after the collapse of other high-profile cases.

An FBI search warrant unsealed this week reveals details of an alleged plot by an Iraqi asylum seeker to assassinate former President George W. Bush for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq

The suspect allegedly plotted to enlist a four-member ISIS assassination team to lead the investigation through Mexico, from where he planned to smuggle them across the border.

The suspect allegedly plotted to enlist a four-member ISIS assassination team to lead the investigation through Mexico, from where he planned to smuggle them across the border.

Bush's 2003 decision to invade Iraq based on flawed evidence from Saddam Hussein's weapons program sparked the proliferation of terrorist groups, including ISIS

Bush’s 2003 decision to invade Iraq based on flawed evidence from Saddam Hussein’s weapons program sparked the proliferation of terrorist groups, including ISIS

One of the informants reportedly assisted people seeking false immigration and identification documents, while the other allegedly used people smuggling services.

NBC reported Tuesday that the suspect has been arrested.

Freddy Ford, chief of staff at George W. Bush’s office, told Forbes, “President Bush has every confidence in the world in the US Secret Service and our law enforcement and intelligence services.”

According to the warrant, the suspect told an informant about his plot in November last year and asked how he could “obtain replicas or fraudulent police and/or FBI identifications and badges” to help carry out the murder, and whether was to return the plotters from the US afterwards.

He also asked the informant for security details at Bush’s Dallas home and his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

He also planned to find and kill a former Iraqi general now living in the US under a new identity after working with US troops during the war.

According to the order, his plan was to use Mexican visitor visas for four Iraqi nationals to enter Mexico before smuggling them across the border.

Shihab said two of them were former Iraqi intelligence officials.

Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, told Forbes: “Obviously this was a sophisticated counterterrorism operation with a lot of moving parts. It was both far reaching and unique in its focus.

“It also shows that while the so-called ‘going dark’ debate can be overcome through the use of undercover agents, it is labor intensive but possible.” The term “going dark” is used by law enforcement to describe the inability to access data encrypted by software applications.

‘Besides, we haven’t seen a plot of this size in years. It shows that domestic terrorism rightly pays a lot of attention to counterterrorism, but that the threats are not alone.’

However, the role of FBI informants is under intense scrutiny after the collapse last year of a trial that alleged a plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.

A jury found two men not guilty and failed to reach a verdict on two other defendants after their defense claimed they had been ambushed by an undercover operation.

They said the plot was nothing more than “smoke and mirrors,” the result of profane talk by disillusioned men.

Bush and his invasion of Iraq were back in the headlines last week when he made a very Freudian misstep.

Speaking at his George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, he condemned the “absence of checks and balances” in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which allowed “one man to launch an entirely unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq.”

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