February 17, 2010
Posted: 1727 GMT

It's like a Robert Ludlum storyline: international assassins, caught on CCTV cameras, sneak into a five-star hotel in disguise and murder a high-profile militant leader.

Here's what we know from investigators: Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh arrived in Dubai from Syria January 19th and checked into a Dubai hotel not far from the airport. Investigators say that on January 20th, several men, caught on security cameras entering the hotel, made their way into Al-Mabhouh's room and murdered him.

Dubai police sources say the Hamas operative was electrocuted and suffocated.

A few days ago, authorities then released the names of eleven suspects they say traveled to Dubai on forged European passports, stealing the identities of unsuspecting dual nationals living in Europe. They say the ten men and one woman are behind the murder.

Hamas said Israel's spy agence, Mossad, ordered a hit on their on Al-Mabhouh. In Israel's first official response to the accusations, the country's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman today neither confirmed nor denied that the government is behind the assassination.

Mossad has been known to use falsified travel documents in operations abroad so suspicion that it was involved in this hit has gorwn since details of the case were made public.

We'll have the latest on the story from Jerusalem.

Also today, we'll take you live to Haiti, where we're expecting a decision on the fate of those American missionaries held on charges of child abduction. The judge is due to issue a ruling at some point today.

Plus, we'll be speaking to the mother of Josh Fattal, one of the three detained American hikers in Iran. The mothers have asked for visas to visit Iran and hope to visit and ultimately, come back to the United States with their kids. She will join us live from Philadelphia.

Join us at the IDesk for those stories and the rest of the day's top headlines, as always...

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Kashif Ali   February 17th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

We at the peak of Information technologies, identifying some loop holes in OUR system that are just mind blowing. I remember watching a movie about the same starring Will Smith, in which some INTELLIGENCE AGENCY erased his identity so being imaginative MY FIRST SUSPECT WILL BE THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES!!!! which one? well you at I-DESK have more resources to dig that out!! on the other hand hats off for the criminals , they just keep running ahead of all the local and international security services. THE BIGGER QUESTION IS WHERE DO THEY GET THESE GAGDETS? to help them work out such acts. The U.N. keep pushing I.A.E.A. to make sure no nuclar weapon is acquired but WHAT ABOUT THESE TECHNOLOGIES WICH ARE BEING DIRECTLY USED AGAINST THE PEOPLE WITH ACCURACY!!!

A. Smith, Oregon   February 17th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

Only the CIA is stupid enough to not have the correct number of alpha-numeric figures on their fake passports which would have routinely been spotted by any knowledgeable person that was familiar with that specific country's passport.

That being said, it's obvious these people knew they were being taped on a security cameras and that their passport photos would be kept and later released. The tennis rackets the killers were holding likely had high powered stun electrodes hidden in the handle to tap his chest in the heart area and subdue their victim.

It's obvious some people employed at that same Hotel were on the payroll of the CIA that tipped them that man was staying there. This is a very typical practice and the tipsters know they are well rewarded by American taxpayer dollars for their phone call alert.

This whole Laural and Hardy episode looks like a routine operation by the CIA contractors known now as Xe employees doing their job.

Fred Brun   February 18th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

Might makes right. This is the way Israel and the US operate. International Law and Morality are none existend in these societies mind set. They make their own laws.

A. Smith, Oregon   February 19th, 2010 12:43 am ET

Having the incorrect number of Alpha-Numeric passport numbers on each of the foreign Passports clearly points to the CIA as the nimrods that would be stupid enough to attempt to pass obviously bogus passports which anyone knowledgeable with that specific country's passports would spot immediately as bogus.

Likely the CIA used their Laural and Hardy cut-throat Xe contractors to carry out this act of revenge, using stun batons disguised as tennis rackets to subdue the victim and then smother him with a pillow.

The Mossad clearly have vast experience in counterfeiting passports which wouldn't have immediately been recognized as fakes. Each of these passports these killers had, does not fit that criteria.

Again, this entirely appears to be acted out by the Laural and Hardy CIA Xe contractors.

Khalid Hasan   February 19th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

The UAE authorities should issue Interpol arrest notices against the 11 people whose passports were used in this murder & ensure they are extradited to UAE to stand trial in the murder case.

Unless proven otherwise, these 11 people are guilty of killing the Hamas leader.

It now remains the duty of the authorities of the countries these 11 suspected killers belong to, to prove that it was Mossad & not their citizens who killed the Hamas leader.

If they cannot prove it, hang these 11 people after due process of law.

This incident also brings to mind the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York in which false identities were used in a similar fashion.

miriam   February 21st, 2010 12:11 pm ET


In law, one is innocent until proven guilty!
There is no proof of anything in this case other than that a self-confessed terrorist has apparently died

All intelligence agencies belonging to sovereign states use fraudulent passports.
al-Qaida is not a sovereign state.

TheKingOfTheWorld   February 27th, 2010 6:02 pm ET

Hala you are so kind.
I love you Hala

luis   February 28th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

I first of all we don't know if it was Israel who ordered the operation to kill this scum With that being said i don't doubt that Israel has in the past conducted this type of operation the only difference is that they don't leave a trace. i mean Israel has one of the most sophisticated intelligence agency in the world and the 11 men who conducted this operation left many clues i smell a cover up someone wanted to make this look if it was the Israelis who conducted the operation. And to be honest i believe that that if it was the Israelis who did it i think they had the right to do so.

hamil slimane   March 3rd, 2010 1:48 pm ET

I just wanted to say hello. my name is slimane from algeria.let me tell you that I'm a "fan" of you "hala" and your program the I-Desk.I always follow it with great interest: interviews, analysis live reports etc make it a well-furnished desk. I always speak about your program with my friends(I'm a teacher of english) . eventhough I find it difficult to see the program when presented by your colleagues.........thanks a lot and good luck

arvind pathak   March 7th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

people who live by sword ,die by sword old adage yet you do resort to , for a right cause or a wrong one .jerusalem and the area around has been inhabited by jews and palestinians from ages.the view of arab,palestinians that jews have no rights is wrong and viceversa if israel does catch assasins is job of the authorities of dubai and international legal security aid should be provided by interpol and nations concerned.i wish nobel prize for peace is given to real peacemakers who help in settling this issue forever.

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