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Three of the passport photos used in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
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Haaretz probe: Dubai assassins' passport photos were doctored
By Avi Issacharoff, Danna Harman and Liel Kyzer and News Agencies
Tags: Israel news 
 

The passport photographs of the agents who assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai were doctored so the agents would not be identified, a Haaretz probe discovered Friday.

The discovery casts doubt on claims that the espionage agency that carried out last month's hit on the senior Hamas operative committed grave errors.

Various features of the people in the photographs, such as eye color or the line of a lip, were changed - slightly enough so as not arouse suspicion at passport control, but still enough that the real agent could not be recognized.


Photos: AP and Reuters

According to the Dubai police, only a few of the agents were caught on security cameras without their disguises. However, it had been assumed until now that publication of the photos of the 26 agents had blown their cover. Now it appears that the Dubai police still do not have viable information about their real appearance.

Mabhouh was known for his disguises and for using various passports to run weapons into the Gaza Strip, according to an associate who lived in Gaza and later spent two years abroad with Mabhouh. The associate told Reuters on Thursday that Mabhouh had several passports, all from Arab countries, and had even undergone plastic surgery recently to narrow his nose.

The associate also said that Mabhouh never revealed his plans to anyone, not even his wife. He said Mabhouh always ordered his plane tickets by himself, over the web or through a travel agent, and had not visited Iran in the past three years.

Mabhouh's brother Fayek also told Haaretz that Mabhouh was very cautious, and on his last trip, he did not even tell his family where he was going. But a senior Hamas leader has intimated that Mabhouh was not careful enough. Fayek said his brother flew to Dubai on a Palestinian passport, but under an assumed name.

Mabhouh's killing has led to a wave of recriminations between Fatah and Hamas and between Hamas and Israel. According to the Dubai police, a senior Hamas official gave Israel information about Mabhouh's flight. Some in Hamas have also criticized the fact that Mabhouh was not guarded.

Meanwhile, the newspaper The Australian reported on Thursday that Australian authorities had previously warned Israeli intelligence not to use doctored Australian passports in its clandestine activities around the world.

The Australian foreign minister at the time, Alexander Downer, confirmed to The Australian that his government had warned Israel on at least one occasion not to issue fake Australian passports to its intelligence operatives. And a diplomatic official in Canberra told The Australian that back in the 1990s, Australia also sought assurances from Israel that it would not misuse Australian passports.

On Wednesday, the Dubai police announced that they had identified 15 more people suspected of involvement in Mabhouh's killing, of whom three used forged Australian passports. Haaretz found that at least 10 of the 15 new suspects were carrying passports with the names of Israeli citizens who are also citizens of another country.

In response to the report from Dubai on the forged Australian passports, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith held a clarification meeting Thursday morning with Israel's ambassador to Canberra, Yuval Rotem. Smith said the Australian government condemned the use of Australian passports. He also informed Rotem that the Australian federal police had opened an investigation and that he expected Israel's full and transparent cooperation.

At this point, Smith added, there is no evidence that the three Australians whose names were used on the passports, Adam Marcus Korman, Joshua Daniel Bruce and Nicole Sandra McCabe, were implicated in the affair in any way.
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  1.   26 people weren`t needed to kill al-Mabhouh 08:04  |  jane 26/02/10
  2.   espionage agency that hit Hamas terrorist committed no error 08:17  |  Cipora Julianna Kohn 26/02/10
  3.   Keep them guessing 08:40  |  Arabian Jew 26/02/10
  4.   No fake passports! 08:57  |  ClearCut 26/02/10
  5.   OK, let me get this straight 09:11  |  Johnboy 26/02/10
  6.   Dubai assassins` passport photos were doctored 09:21  |  iggy 26/02/10
  7.   26 agents lodged at hotel because we got cheaper rates. 09:29  |  meir dagan 26/02/10
  8.   26 hit men to take out 1 terrorist???? 09:30  |  just wondering 26/02/10
  9.   The Mossad doesn`t walk on water, and the game`s not over yet 09:34  |  WeCan2 26/02/10
  10.   Well, no Israeli with dual-citizenship is safe anymore 09:36  |  David 26/02/10
  11.   desperate attempts 09:37  |  meagain 26/02/10
  12.   hilarious 09:37  |  Dubai security 26/02/10
  13.   Avi, how do you know that? 09:37  |  fedup 26/02/10
  14.   Let EU spies freely use Israeli passports to visit Arab states! 09:39  |  Dr. L. Brnd 26/02/10
  15.   RE: Jane 09:43  |  Activia 26/02/10
  16.   Oye, Cipora #2, one must admire the contortions you make 09:52  |  Esther 26/02/10
  17.   CLEAR CUT more stupid than usual.The photos do NOT match the name 09:56  |  PETER SM 26/02/10
  18.   Want to get this straight... plastic surgery is legal... 09:59  |  Esther 26/02/10
  19.   JOHNBOY Simple really.There is more to this story 10:08  |  PETER SM 26/02/10
  20.   @dubai security - hilarious 10:14  |  eporue 26/02/10
  21.   The pictures are crystal clear 10:20  |  Ari 26/02/10
  22.   26 people needed as it was in Dubai 10:23  |  Ari 26/02/10
  23.   The Result of all the investigations 10:35  |  Fredy Ross 26/02/10
  24.   "26 people weren`t needed to kill al-Mabhouh" 10:35  |  r cummings 26/02/10
  25.   #16, Esther, no contorsions involved, believe me 10:39  |  Cipora Julianna Kohn 26/02/10
  26.   PETER SM, as smart as always! 10:46  |  ClearCut 26/02/10
  27.   Damage control 10:47  |  H50 26/02/10
  28.   Esther & plastic surgery 10:59  |  Arabian Jew 26/02/10
  29.   @12 hilarity indeed which fingerprint data base are you going to 11:32  |  vhardman 26/02/10
  30.   #14 Dr L Brnd 11:38  |  Chris Linthwaite 26/02/10
  31.   And 2 suspects fled to IRAN ! 11:46  |  David Plane 26/02/10
  32.   Arabian#26,don`t jump to conclusions! we don`t know who did it... 11:50  |  Esther 26/02/10
  33.   Pass new laws 12:01  |  Rachel 26/02/10
  34.   Dubai Security 12:16  |  Nati Hans 26/02/10
  35.   Clearcut 12:24  |  Nati Hans 26/02/10
  36.   To Nr. 14 12:25  |  Jane 26/02/10
  37.   Doctored Passports 12:30  |  Douglas Fireman 26/02/10
  38.   A bad case of premature prognostication 12:33  |  The Prophet 26/02/10
  39.   #19 Well, I certainly see a *simpleton", PETER. 12:35  |  Johnboy 26/02/10
  40.   Smacks of desperation 12:47  |  Chris Linthwaite 26/02/10
  41.   A bad case of premature prognostication 12:52  |  The Prophet 26/02/10
  42.   Sure,he was meeting women in Dubai so he didnt tell his wife 13:06  |  Alan SA 26/02/10
  43.   Was 27 Agents as it was grand Mossad Convention 13:07  |  Alan SA 26/02/10
  44.   suspicious silence 13:12  |  Yoshi 26/02/10
  45.   #29 Rachel I agree 13:29  |  Chris Linthwaite 26/02/10
  46.   Mr. M`s Premature Departure 13:36  |  Douglas Fireman 26/02/10
  47.   Mossad wouldn`t used so jewish names 13:57  |  libra 26/02/10
  48.   fake passports 13:58  |  Lisa 26/02/10
  49.   Australia needs to be in the front row of pushing Israel?? 14:04  |  S 26/02/10
  50.   Plastic People 14:05  |  Ronnie Wolman 26/02/10
  51.   Mr Bean Does Dubai 14:10  |  Ronnie Wolman 26/02/10
  52.   Stephen Keith picture 14:28  |  Johan 26/02/10
  53.   Hmm 14:39  |  Vinu Stephen 26/02/10
  54.   Duh??? 14:41  |  GDG 26/02/10
  55.   "Who Done It." 14:44  |  Douglas Fireman 26/02/10
  56.   Just like Holocaust denial in a vastly smaller way 14:54  |  Mark Lincoln 26/02/10
  57.   Nice try 14:59  |  Mark Lincoln 26/02/10
  58.   I can`t keep up..it`s dizzying 15:00  |  Arnold 26/02/10
  59.   @ 1. 15:09  |  Ilsn 26/02/10
  60.   Data Mining and our age 15:17  |  Mark Lincoln 26/02/10
  61.   Austrailians in Disguises 15:26  |  ky 26/02/10
  62.   Quentin Tarantino 15:26  |  libra 26/02/10
  63.   Mark Lincoln and his sick Holocaust Denial comparisons 15:29  |  Eve 26/02/10
  64.   for the conspiracy folks, Dubai sanctioned the killing. the arabs 15:40  |  James-Belfast 26/02/10
  65.   not Mabhouh 15:45  |  Jochai Rubinstein 26/02/10
  66.   The very same technique is used Eve 16:01  |  Mark Lincoln 26/02/10
  67.   What if the death was staged? 16:03  |  Leo 26/02/10
  68.   You guys are kidding right? 16:06  |  Ilene 26/02/10
  69.   #57 Mark Lincoln nice try 20:20  |  Tora4Me 26/02/10
  70.   I ran out of popcorn for this movie. Goin` out to get more. Wait- 20:41  |  be right back! 26/02/10
  71.   Hey Mark 20:51  |  Computer whiz 26/02/10
  72.   "his brother flew to Dubai on a Palestinian passport" 20:53  |  MIKE 26/02/10
  73.   Tit and Tat 20:59  |  THK 26/02/10
  74.   Sounds like a lightbulb joke 21:00  |  windrider 26/02/10
  75.   Room Service 21:04  |  Bobby Davro 26/02/10
  76.   Proof 21:04  |  Jake 26/02/10
  77.   On what passport 21:05  |  Edifice 26/02/10
  78.   religion.... 21:19  |  healer 26/02/10
  79.   Haaretz probe and Dubai investigations are questionable 21:27  |  Joseph .E 26/02/10
  80.   Finally, the Mossad responds 01:16  |  Logios 27/02/10
  81.   back to square one 01:19  |  Cheshire Cat 27/02/10
  82.   ABRACADABRA 01:33  |  Ali Baba 27/02/10
  83.   Cipora Julianna Kohn #2 one would think 01:56  |  O.W.T 27/02/10
  84.   fake use of passports 01:58  |  me 27/02/10
  85.   JB@ 39 CANNOT FOR ONCE STOP BEING SO SERIOUS?.. 02:33  |  Stephen 27/02/10
  86.   JOHNBOY In a police state like Iran a passport from an unfriendly 13:31  |  PETER SM 27/02/10
  87.   CLEARCUT IF the suspects photos matched the real passprt holders 13:45  |  PETER SM 27/02/10
  88.   Tora4Me #69 Ever heard of visual analysis enhancement 15:29  |  Roo 27/02/10
  89.   while the loss of Neda and loss of Mabhooh 16:55  |  Miron 27/02/10
  90.   @20 eporue 17:00  |  scans are routine 27/02/10
  91.   @ 29 vhardman 17:02  |  database 27/02/10
  92.   #91 acomedian expects interpol to hold these fingerprints 18:33  |  vhardman 27/02/10
  93.   The Dubai hit could have been sponsored by terror Fatah 19:21  |  Joseph .E 27/02/10
  94.   #92 vhardman 21:06  |  Dubai security 27/02/10
  95.   Ali Baba...ABRACADBRA@ 82...STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE! 21:37  |  Israeli 27/02/10
  96.   Mossad needn`t be incompetent 21:59  |  J Thomas 27/02/10
  97.   #54 GDG 22:18  |  J Thomas 27/02/10
  98.   WeCan2 22:37  |  Observer 27/02/10
  99.   #94 and they are still looking for bin laden 22:39  |  vhardman 27/02/10
  100.   Mossad has no hit squad . 22:43  |  Joseph.E 27/02/10
  101.   Stolen passports 22:44  |  Janice 27/02/10
  102.   #93 Joseph E 22:57  |  J Thomas 27/02/10
  103.   When Iran was Persia 23:11  |  John Isenhower 27/02/10
  104.   # 101 Janice 23:20  |  Joseph .E 27/02/10
  105.   more on stolen passports 23:47  |  Janice 27/02/10
  106.   strange ? - nobody does know any of the suspects ? 23:50  |  eporue 27/02/10
  107.   Dubai security---Hardman wont know what to do 00:25  |  Labhras 28/02/10
  108.   Doctor, as many passports as you like, if it was mossad 03:42  |  jj 28/02/10
  109.   Retirement party 05:01  |  Greg 28/02/10
  110.   Wishful thinking 06:24  |  Joe 28/02/10
  111.   More than 300 million are looking 08:05  |  MMM 28/02/10
  112.   Adultered Passports 08:59  |  jewish2 28/02/10
  113.   26 people 09:36  |  Joe 28/02/10
  114.   dubai 14:31  |  p 01/03/10
  115.   #8 05:17  |  fy 02/03/10
  116.   Mabhou 10:03  |  Nils 04/03/10
  117.   what if 17:14  |  byron 04/03/10
  118.   no 72 13:54  |  Hebrew Prophet 07/03/10
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