A question for Dubai about Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

Since 20th January the newspapers and TV news bulletins have been full of the latest reports and theories about the people who allegedly killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior military commander of the Hamas terrorist group, at a hotel in Dubai.  Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was the founder of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, an entity that has carried out hundreds of attacks and suicide bombings mainly targeting Israeli civilians.  I chose not to cover the story because it was being done so well elsewhere and I had nothing to add to what was being written.

But for me there is a question that needs to be answered.  All the focus has been on the hunt for ten men and one woman who travelled to Dubai using fake British, Irish, German and French passports, with hours devoted to the origin of these passports and how they had been used fraudulently.  Dubai is pulling out all the stops to find the people it believes are Israeli Mossad agents.  That seems reasonable enough, after all a murder was committed.  But it seems to be nothing more than a passing observation that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh himself flew into Dubai from Damascus, Syria on 19th January, using a fake passport.  He was travelling under the name Mahmoud Abdul Raouf Mohammed.

So the question is this: While Dubai is hunting for what they believe to be 11 or more Israelis, what are they doing to investigate how Mahmoud al-Mabhouh – well known throughout the region as a Hamas commander – was able to waltz into Dubai posing as Mahmoud Abdul Raouf Mohammed and have they started investigating the origin of his fake passport and how it came to be in his possession?  I would hate to think that Dubai is less interested about the covert movement on their territory of a known Arab terrorist responsible for hundreds of atrocities than a group of people assumed to be Israeli who allegedly killed him.

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4 Responses to “A question for Dubai about Mahmoud al-Mabhouh”


  1. 1 AJC 21/02/2010 at 7:56 pm

    Have I missed something?

    From what I have read Mahmoud al-Mabhouh entered Dubai using a valid Syrian passport which had been officially issued for his personal use all be it for an assumed identity. That is for the Syrian Government to defend.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 21/02/2010 at 10:19 pm

    I haven’t seen that, AJC. If you’ve got a link that would be appreciated. Assuming what you say accurately reflect the facts of the matter it is indeed for Syria to explain. Although it still holds that Dubai should be asking questions about it, which it seems they are not.

  3. 3 AJC 21/02/2010 at 11:36 pm

    AM quite correct to call for evidence.

    I could well be incorrect to concluded that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was using a Syrian passport but more particularly that it was for an assumed identity.

    January 31. 2010 3:18PM GMT
    http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100131/FOREIGN/701309828/1002

    “…travelled to the Emirates under his real name, officials in Hamas’s Syrian headquarters revealed yesterday.”

    16:03 GMT, Thursday, 18 February 2010
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8521942.stm

    “According to the Dubai police he was travelling under an alias – Mahmoud Abdul Raouf Mohammed.”

    “Quoting a Hamas spokesman, Talal Nasser in Damascus, Ynet News reported Mr Mabhouh had travelled to Dubai many times without using an alias and had not encountered any problems.

    The report also said he had five identities which he could have used, but did not.”

  4. 4 pradar 04/03/2010 at 4:04 am

    Dubai police are ignoring the fact it is ok for a murderer and terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh to enter Dubai with a fake passport (he is supposed to have 5 fake passports) issued by Syria but not ok for other people to enter under western country fake passports to kill him. Mistake made was they should have used syrian or Iranian passports then no one would have questioned it. The hypocracy of the middle east is amazing, if the Dubai government are calling on Israel leaders to be arrested over this then why not Syrian. How many times has this man and others passed through Duabi and other countries on fake passports? on their way to Iran etc? without any questions being asked.


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