17 Feb 2010

A Death in Dubai

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Some recent non-Irish visitors to Dubai

The New York Times admired the romantic plot line.

The murder was straight out of a cheap spy thriller. At least 11 professional assassins, some wearing wigs and fake beards, tracked a senior Hamas official to his Dubai hotel in January and killed him with cold precision, fleeing the country afterward on European passports, the Dubai police say.


The Telegraph quoted the Irish government denying the legitimacy of several supposedly Irish passports, and provided details of the assassination.

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior figure in the military wing of Hamas, was found dead in a hotel room on Jan 20. According to one report he was killed by a female assassin who entered his room by posing as a member of hotel staff, injected him with a drug that induced a heart attack and hung a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.

But other officers said he was strangled, probably after receiving an electric shock.

Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, blamed Israel’s Mossad intelligence service for the killing.


It seems that the late al-Mabhouh played a key role in the smuggling of Iranian rockets to Gaza.


27:27 Security camera footage of suspected assassins

Two figures in the assembled video have their faces digitized out, why?


DEBKAfile is taking a vacation!


the late Mahmoud-al-Mabhouh

2 Feedbacks on "A Death in Dubai"


1. Does anyone read the NYT any more?
2. Fair-skinned people in the Mideast who claim not to speak English are often assumed to be Irish. Works for me.
3. There may have been multiple causes of death. Israel was forced to provide an antidote in an earlier incident.
4. Someone needs to get really busy really quickly inside Iran.
5. The Beltway guys get about half way in explaining the pixelation of two faces in the video. The NYT is believed to be about to leak that one of them is Felix Leiter.
6. מי לא רוצה לחגוג את פורים?


It’s obvious, he’s scruffy and needs a shave. Something close and personnal. Keith


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