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Ohio ISIS operative arrested in George W. Bush assassination plot

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FILE – U.S. President George W. Bush, reacts, after shoes were thrown at him, by a correspondent, during a joint press conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, not seen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2008. Bush is facing criticism after mistakenly describing the invasion of Iraq — which he led as commander in chief — as “brutal” and “wholly unjustified,” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He added, “Iraq, too — anyway.” The 75-year-old former president made the comment during a speech Wednesday night in Dallas, jokingly blamed the mistake on his age. (AP Photo/ Thaier al-Sudani, Pool, File)

COLUMBUS, OH- An apparent ISIS-connected plot to assassinate former president George W. Bush was foiled by the FBI when agents arrested 52 year old Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab on Tuesday.

According to the Department of Justice, Shihab had been working with an individual to bring other ISIS operatives across the U.S.-Mexico border to help carry out the plot to kill Bush in Dallas.

The individual Shihab was working with was an FBI informant.

Shihab is alleged to have paid up to $40,000 to the informant in order to obtain a fake passport and have his brother smuggled into the country.

The DOJ also says that earlier this year Shihab travelled to Bush’s adopted town of Dallas to surveil locations where the former president regularly visits.

He was arraigned in an Ohio federal court on Tuesday.

Shihab, an Iraqi national, has been living in the United States since 2020 and was reportedly trying to obtain refugee status.

Under a 1965 law, former presidents and their spouses are granted lifelong Secret Service protection after they leave office.