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Time out for spies in the Gulf?

Time out for spies in the Gulf?

The Dubai Police chief, Dahi Khalfan Tamim, has said that spies operating in the Gulf region need to clear out within one week.

March 10, 2010 10:30 by

A headline in today’s Gulf News left the Kipp team somewhat puzzled. “Dubai Police chief asks spies to leave the region,” it read.

“Those spies that are currently present in the Gulf must leave the region within one week — if not, then we will cross that bridge when we come to it,” Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim told Gulf News.

There has been a Hollywood-style drama surrounding the murder of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on January 19: the manner of his assassination, the video footage released by the Dubai police, the alleged fake identities of the suspects, and so on. Against that backdrop, the existence of spies working in the region seems very much in place.

The Gulf News report says that the ultimatum “indicates that Dubai Police are aware of the identities of spies” operating in the region.

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  1. walker on March 10, 2010 3:20 pm

    It amazes me that people paint this as a Mossad success. When all the evidence and results are that it was a massive Mossad failure.

    Mahmoud al-Mabhouh Was a worm on a hook
    A man dying of cancer looking for one last hurrah against his sworn enemy. The bait in a well thought out plan to gather intelligence and spring a strategic level trap on the Mossad.

    Mossad was tricked into killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

    Here is the evidence

    1) The Target was Dieing of Cancer, we get this from the Pre Written Original Obituary report from his former organisation (not the organisation that was current at the time of his death and who he supposedly went to Dubai for) and that they past on that information within 24 hours of the report of his death and before his new organisation could counter it and prevent the fact of his long term illness leaking into the news:

    2) I also point out he booked his ticket over the Internet in his own name knowing it would show up on Mossad’s surveillance and also as was reported by the Dubai Police that he travelled on his own passport:,2933,587044,00.html?test=latestnews

    Also reported in the Jerusalem Post and various other Israeli News papers, as well as the Western media and Gulf news papers:

    3) Most of those same articles also point out: he talked to his family in Gaza about the trip over the phone knowing their phone lines were tapped by the Mossad as does this one from the UAE.

    5) That he had arranged for his wife to phone him at that hotel at a specific time as was reported by the Dubai Police as being the trigger for the hotel staff to break in to his hotel. Thus specifying a time line when Mossad could kill him.

    6) In all the videos, this experienced agent of Hamas with three previous attempts on his life by Israel successfully beaten and supposedly training in counter surveillance from nation states; he the target employed no counter surveillance what so ever:

    7) The target also traveled without his usual bodyguards, despite at least three previous attempts to assassinate him by Israel:

    8) All the evidence was gathered and released in a controlled fashion by an impeccable witness. Using Dubai to conduct what IMHO opinion was a counter Mossad operation was a master stroke. Most of the leg work could be done by electronic means and by a western trained police force.

    That fact that Dubai police in the speed it reacted to a single assassination; beat both the US FBI, CIA, NSA and police in the speed it got information on the 9/11 suspects; and MI5 and Scotland Yard on the London 7/7 bombing suspects; has never been remarked on by anyone.

    I give no evidence for this last point 8) but ask for you to examine your own credulity on the matter.

    IMHO the Dubai Police have been fed the evidence to suit another parties needs.

    Like I said IMHO Mahmoud al-Mabhouh Was a worm on a hook
    A man dying of cancer looking for one last hurrah against his sworn enemy. The bait in a well thought out plan to gather intelligence and spring a strategic level trap on The Mossad.

    Now let us look at the results:

    Tactical moves by the Mossad that I think were made with clear goals in mind were:
    1) Kill the Target [√]
    2) Escape the Country [√]

    Strategic moves by the Mossad that I think were made with clear goals in mind were:
    1) Maintain Mossad’s targeted killings strategy. [√]
    2) Maintain political deniability [X]
    3) Use the “policy of ambiguity” to supplement political deniability while hinting at implacable state retribution [X]

    Tactical moves by the force Inimical to Israel that I think were made with clear goals in mind were:

    1) Choose the time and location on which the operation will take place. [√]
    2) Control and pollute the Mossad intelligence stream. [√]
    3) Gather detailed intelligence and records of Mossad’s methods, Tradecraft and cover companies like Payoneer. [√]
    4) Negate all the agents involved, including those at the cover companies now named in the US, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as busting those cover companies, even the ones not identified by Dubai police are now useless, you cannot be sure the other side has not got the identities of those that are not named. [√]
    5) Conduct a successful counter operation to a Mossad targeted killing operation. [√]
    6) Create a Hamas martyr from a man who was dying anyway [√]
    7) Control the release of information for maximum effect [√]

    Strategic moves by the force Inimical to Israel that I think were made with clear goals in mind were:
    1) Isolate Israel from Dubai by luring Mossad into action on Dubai’s Soil. [√]
    2) Isolate Israel from Allies by filming the whole event and capturing Israel’s use of Allies Passports.[√]
    Mossad’s habit of cloning passports from not unfriendly nations has a long history and was a predictable aspect. 25 year ago it caused a big problem when UK passports were used and Israel was forced to promise not to do it any more. Ditto the poison in the ear the use of Canadian passports, and the more recent New Zealand passports case where New Zealand withdrew all senior diplomatic relations. Israeli Governments have fallen in the past as a result of less than this. IMHO this time it is worse as several nations are affected at the same time.
    3) Get Mossad and Israel castigated by the whole world, such that Ambassadors get quizzed and carpeted. [√]
    4) Tarnish the reputation of Mossad by making them appear Amateurish [√]
    5) Reduce public Trust of Mossad within Israel. [√]
    6) Cause Mossad’s trust of its assets to be knocked and questioned within Mossad. [√]
    10) Mossad’s targeted killings operation gets called into question and possibly put on hold. [√]
    11) Cause Israel to suffer sanctions and costs at the hands of formerly friendly
    12) Reduce Israel’s international political capital at a strategic moment in time. [√]

    You could argue that a portion or indeed all of of these strategic and tactical elements were accidental and not intended but their effect remains the same Mossad the supposed ultra spies have been beaten and suffered catastrophic damage.

  2. George on March 11, 2010 6:57 am

    wow, is that personal analysis?

  3. Andrew on March 11, 2010 7:04 am


  4. Deepak on March 11, 2010 7:44 am

    I am sure it took a very long time to get to this far, researches even before the crime has happened….

  5. Ronald on March 11, 2010 3:05 pm

    Seriously Wow.. in this conspiracy infested part of the world, and on a specific day where the olitical climate allows, this above analysis can be 99.99% true.

    except for the fact where Mossad lost some its backing at home. after that attempt, Mossad is back on the career plan of every other Israeli youth…go figure. News, is News, there is not such thing as bad publicity…

  6. walker on March 11, 2010 5:04 pm

    Hi Ronald

    You make a very valid argument. The no publicity is bad publicity is a truism but consider the following:

    Any Israeli youth enthused by the operation to join the Mossad is by definition not as bright as the one who sees the failures of said mission.

    So which one would you want defending Israel’s “intelligence” safety?


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