Forbes learned that the FBI prevented the assassination attempt on George W. Bush

According to the publication, a terrorist-connected native of Iraq planned to kill George W. Bush, as he considered him responsible for the deaths of thousands of people after the US invasion of this country in 2003

George W. Bush

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) thwarted an assassination attempt on former U.S. President George W. Bush by alleged ISIS ties (ISIS, a terrorist organization banned in Russia) from Iraq, according to Forbes, citing documents from the American intelligence service.

According to the publication, the attempt was planned by a visitor from Iraq living in Ohio. It is noted that he arrived in the United States in 2020, having applied for asylum. Forbes does not name him and has no information about whether he is in custody.

FBI documents say the suspect has been planning the assassination since 2021. It is reported that for this he traveled to Dallas (Texas) to film the Bush house, and also tried to bring compatriots to the United States to participate in the assassination attempt. The intelligence service received information about the impending crime through informants, as well as after perusing the suspect's WhatsApp correspondence.

The suspect told one of the FBI informants that he was part of a certain unit called Al-Raed. (“Thunder”), which is led by a former pilot of Saddam Hussein. After his arrest, he explained his motive by the fact that he considers Bush responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iraqis after the US invasion of the country in 2003, writes Forbes.

The 43rd President of the United States from the Republican Party, George W. Bush, served from 2001 to 2009. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, he declared a “war on terror”, under his leadership the United States took part in two full-scale military campaigns— in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The US military mission in Iraq, or the Iraq War, began in 2003. Washington justified the introduction of troops on the assumption that Saddam Hussein's government was developing weapons of mass destruction, and tasked the military, which led a coalition of international forces, acting with UN approval, with the task of bringing about the overthrow of the regime. The largest number of military personnel was deployed in the country in 2008— almost 158 ​​thousand people sent there in accordance with the decision of President George W. Bush.

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The Russian authorities called the US decision to invade Iraq erroneous. In mid-February, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “The world already knows who is lying all the time. And those who have forgotten how Washington “creates pretexts for an attack,” let him watch the speech of US Secretary of State Colin Powell in the UN Security Council on February 5, 2003. Powell then said that the United States had evidence that weapons of mass destruction were stored in Iraq. Later, the diplomat called this speech a shameful stain in his biography.

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