A plot by an Islamic State sympathizer to assassinate former President George W. Bush was uncovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The suspect, Shihab Ahmed Shihab, who was an Iraqi national, went as far as traveling to Dallas last November to conduct surveillance on the former president’s residence and planned to smuggle a team of compatriots through the border of Mexico.

The FBI was able to foil the scheme with the help of two confidential informants and intelligence on the suspect’s WhatsApp account. The suspect was based in Columbus, Ohio.

The 52-year-old Iraqi said that he was motivated to murder Bush because he believed the former president was responsible for the killings and the collapse that happened to his home country in the aftermath of the 2003 US Iraq War.

The suspect entered the US mainland in September 2020 using a visitor’s visa, which he got with the help of a corrupt Iraqi American contractor in the US Embassy. After six months, he applied for asylum and US citizenship with plans to bring his family over from Iraq.