According to a report published on Tuesday, the FBI has uncovered a conspiracy by an ISIS member to kill former US President George W Bush.
US officials tracked down the alleged ISIS member via WhatsApp, and he was reportedly based in Columbus, Ohio.
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As Forbes.com reports, his plot to kill Bush was carried out because he blamed the former president for killing Iraqis and tearing the country apart after the 2003 US military offensive.
He entered the US in 2020 and was applying for asylum.
But undercover FBI agents communicated with the plot’s organizer and eventually delivered a phone that was being tracked. “As part of its surveillance of alleged conspirators, the FBI recently received permission to obtain mobile location information from AT&T,” Forbes reported. “This is already known as the ‘pen register’ on the WhatsApp account, which is believed to be the prime suspect, helping them determine how many times the account was used, what number it could contact.” and whether it was active or not.”
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Throughout the operation, the FBI learned that the alleged ISIS member was a member of the Bath and ISIS chat groups on WhatsApp Messenger. “In another conversation with an informant, the suspect claimed to have had ‘recent communications with a friend in Qatar, a former minister in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, who had large sums of money and He was messaging her on WhatsApp, the FBI said.”
Last November, the operative traveled to Dallas, Texas to record footage from around the Bush home. They also attempted to recruit other extremists through smuggling routes through the Mexican border.
Forbes quoted the chief of staff of George W. Bush’s office as saying that the former president “has full confidence in the United States Secret Service and the world in our law enforcement and intelligence communities.”
Furthermore, in the report, the ISIS operative had another target: a former Iraqi general believed to be living in the US under an alias.
Forbes reported that until recently died, a former Iraqi pilot for Saddam Hussein based in Qatar was the leader of the group, which was plotting to assassinate Bush.
The suspect also said he had helped smuggle two men linked to Iran-backed Hezbollah into the US. Forbes said it charged each of Hezbollah operatives $50,000, citing an FBI report.
In addition, in an FBI court filing, the alleged conspirator claimed to be a member of the ‘Resistance’ and killed several Americans in Iraq between 2003 and 2006, packing vehicles with explosives, Forbes reported. and detonated them when American troops were near.” ,
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