Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Hamas Now Pointing Fingers At Arab Regimes For Assassination

No one really knows who was behind the assassination of a Hamas top terrorist in Dubai. Dubai keeps pointing fingers at the Israeli Mossad. Israel denies any involvement, but certainly would love if Hamas thought that Israel had their finger on the pulse of every Hamas thug operating around the world so that they could take them out at their earliest convenience.

Hamas has also claimed that their rival Palestinian terror group Fatah was involved. Now, they're claiming that Egyptian and Jordanian intel services were involved.
Arab countries may be complicit in the January 19 assassination of Hamas terror chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Hamas sources said on Tuesday, according to various reports.

Citing a report by Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Reuters quoted Hamas official Mahmoud Nasser as saying that Jordanian and Egyptian intelligence agencies had probably tracked Mabhouh prior to his assassination.

Nasser told the newspaper that there was evidence showing that Mabhouh had been targeted by moderate Arab countries because he had handled sensitive information concerning the activities of Hamas and other Islamist elements. He added that that assassination may have been carried out earlier than planned.

According to the newspaper, Nasser is in charge of Iran's ties with Hamas and had worked closely with Mabhouh prior to the latter's death.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, The National reported that Dubai police requested FBI assistance in investigating the assassination of Mabhouh.

The UAE-based English-language paper reported that the US investigators will be charged with probing the ties between the suspects which have been named in the murder and their prepaid credit cards, most of which were issued by the same Iowa bank, Meta. The FBI has also been asked to find links between the alleged assassins and the Israeli Mossad.
It is not like the Mossad to use Israeli citizens as cover for their own intel operations since it would expose more Israelis to possible reprisals; that's why Israeli intel operations usually involve passports from other countries and non-Israeli citizens. It's why I think this was likely a Fatah-led operation because it would burnish the credibility Fatah intel services that have received training from Western intel services and help undermine their rival in Gaza.

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