An Iraqi-terror team armed with hundreds of millions of dollars tried to hire smugglers to sneak them into the U.S. through Mexico this month in an attempt to ”get to” President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, a law enforcement source told the New York Daily News.
The unidentified members of the Iraqi ”hit squad” reportedly asked a Mexican doctor and a lawyer to change about $100 million in Iraqi dinars into about $325 million in U.S. currency.
The “Texas White House” in Crawford is where the president and first lady Laura Bush spend most of their downtime. The 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch is nestled in the central Texas
scrubland and was where the president wooed world leaders into his ”coalition of the willing” against Saddam Hussein.
The Iraqi dictator tried to assassinate Bush’s father, the former President George H.W. Bush, in 1993, while he was attending ceremonies in Kuwait to celebrate the success of the Gulf War.
Secret Service officials would not comment about the possible threat to the ranch or the suspects’ whereabouts, but as WorldNetDaily reported last week, CIA sources revealed that a half-dozen Iraqis – possibly carrying chemical and biological weapons – were being sought in the border region.
Fox News cited sources claiming the Iraqis sought to pay human smugglers to escort them across the border, and authorities were reacting to tips from the public and ongoing undercover investigations.
Sources in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas told NBC News that agents of the national security agency were seeking six Iraqi nationals with German passports.
Mexico’s Notimex news agency reported two Iraqi brothers and an American of Iraqi descent were detained by Mexican immigration authorities in a Tijuana bus station as the three prepared to enter California.
The agency quoted immigration sources as saying Dahsh and Janges Slio Mattis were carrying forged Austrian papers when taken into custody.
With them was Saad Murad, an American citizen, whom they had allegedly paid $8,000 each to arrange for political asylum in the U.S.
Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said police in the municipality of Valle Hermoso, some 60 miles southwest of Brownsville, Texas, were informed of the search for the six Iraqis.
The attempt by the Iraqis to infiltrate the U.S. comes to light as U.S. officials announced the arrests in Jordan and Yemen of at least four Iraqi spies in two sleeper cells for plotting terror attacks on U.S. targets abroad. Investigations are reportedly under way in nine other nations where Iraqi terrorists may be planning to attack American
State Department officials declined to say whether the Mexico report had any connection to those Iraqi terrorist plots, according to the Daily News.
Meanwhile, a deadly suicide bombing that killed four U.S. soldiers was followed by a threat from Iraq’s vice president to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
Taha Yassin Ramadan suggested the terror attack was not the work of a freelance fanatic but rather part of a coordinated effort to beat back invaders who cannot be defeated by conventional warfare.
”I am sure that the day will come when a single martyrdom operation will kill 5,000 enemies,” he said. ”The Iraqi people have a legal right to deal with the enemy with any means.”
Ramadan held out the threat of Iraqi-sponsored terrorism on U.S. soil.
”We will use any means to kill our enemy in our land and we will follow the enemy into its land,” Ramadan said. ”This is just the beginning.
”You’ll hear more pleasant news later.”