Video: The eerie yet riveting Mossad assassination clip

posted at 4:25 pm on February 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

The first vid will give you the basics but I recommend watching at least a few minutes of the much longer second one to get a feel for how elaborate this operation was. The target: Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas military honcho at the top of Mossad’s hit list. The team, allegedly: 11 Mossad operatives, a mind-blowing number not only in terms of the coordination involved but the risk that one of them would be found out and the whole squad would be pinched. The Times of London picks up the story:

Stepping out of the lift, al-Mabhouh was escorted to room 230 by a member of staff at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel, near Dubai airport. Unnoticed, the taller man followed him down the corridor, clocking his room number and that of the room opposite, 237. In the hours that followed, room 237 became the staging post for the audacious murder of the senior Hamas official.

Within an hour of al-Mabhouh checking in his killers had established that room 237 was unoccupied and moved in across the hall. By that evening seven of the team were gathered in the room, waiting for their opportunity…

Security footage of the killers’ movements during the afternoon, released by police in Dubai yesterday, underlines the professionalism of the operation. The group switched hotels several times and wore disguises including false beards and wigs, while surveillance teams rotated in pairs through the hotel lobby, never hanging around for too long and paying for everything in cash…

Throughout the operation, none of the suspects made a direct call to any another. However, Dubai police traced a high volume of calls and text messages between three phones carried by the assassins and four numbers in Austria where a command centre had apparently been established.

Follow the link for details of the hit. One bizarre footnote to all this: Evidently the passports used by the assassins match those of Israeli citizens who are unconnected to the operation. Essentially, Mossad stole their identities and now the innocents are left to deal with the consequences.

Exit question: How on earth did Dubai intelligence put all these pieces together so quickly?

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Sorry, if it’s a guy like this it ain’t ‘murder’.

Mr. Bingley on February 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Mossad…just doing the jobs that Americans won’t do.

Alden Pyle on February 18, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Whoever it is that perpetrated this act, well done. Can we get more of this and faster please? Any Islamic thug who blows up kids and kidnaps, tortures and kills soldiers while hiding behind the skirts of his women, deserves Death in a swift and merciless fashion.

No sympathy for the dead guy here. Admiration for the professionalism and self preservation of the perpetrators is the order of the day.


Subsunk on February 18, 2010 at 8:44 AM

It’s not traditional breakfast food, but aged white cheddar kettlecorn goes well with the second video.

Kralizec on February 18, 2010 at 9:05 AM

I would call this the Feel good movie of 2010!

What a nice way to start the day, a good cup of coffee and me seeing the ballet that took place which resulted in one less evil bit of slime in the world.

And good work Dubai after the fact. That was a very nice bit of editing and collection of vids and intel. As in the posting, you have to wonder how they put it all together and released it so quickly. Almost goes to indicate they were given some advance by Israel and some eager beaver wanting to show Dubai Intell was indeed good, overplayed their hand.

Still, thanks for the video, it makes for a good day.

TiminPhx on February 18, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Rick em.
Rock em.
Sock em.
Go Israel!

SKYFOX on February 18, 2010 at 9:59 AM

How on earth did Dubai intelligence put all these pieces together so quickly?

They probably had al-Mabhouh under surveillence themselves, and probably captured at least some of the Mossad team on camera at some point or other. After that it was a simple matter of collecting cell traffic and message logs, and normal police work.

That and a lack of a pesky Fourth Amendment to get in the way of demanding records and logs.

I R A Darth Aggie on February 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Looks like it’s Mossad 1, Dubai/Hamas 0! I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone on tape is a decoy and there are no vids of the real hit squad.

Mini-14 on February 17, 2010 at 5:57 PM

It does seem odd that the team let themselves be caught on camera so frequently, since that would compromise their ability to conduct future operations. But on the other hand, the best way to not arouse suspicion is not to act suspiciously.

Some reports suggest that the use of Israeli passports (even if fake) indicates that the operation was not a Mossad one, but possibly a rival Palestinian group intending to implicate Israel.

In any case, good riddance. Let’s hope the next stop is Iran.

MrLynn on February 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Wow! How did they know what hotel the guy was going to check into? He traveled under a false name and wasn’t there yet.

They were set up at all those hotels because they weren’t sure initially, but they still knew before he got there. They also had to have a variety of plans and equipment for each hotel layout and technology. This is so impressive.

TwilightAuthor on February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Thank You, Mossad! On a different note: Did anyone else see on MSNBC Morning Joe that the news segment showed the pictures of the “Mossad agents”, and most dispicably, the cover of a USA Passport !!!! I’m not making this up !!! Why was the cover a USA Passport photoshopped like this ???

Bob in VA on February 18, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Possible update from American Thinker: red on red hit?

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM

If it was an Israeli hit, then that’s just awesomesauce. Unfortunately, the international community may try to use this incident against Israel. Barack Obama, of course, in all likelihood will not come to their defense.

R. Waher on February 18, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Exit question: How on earth did Dubai intelligence put all these pieces together so quickly?

Backwards. It is as obvious as you think. Start with the camera/time in the corridor of the hotel where the hit occurred, move backwards.

Very thorough, but obviously, not too difficult with all that camera activity.

This is hit for hire. Half that team has probably never met and never will.

ace tomato on February 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM