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UAE asked for US aid in Hamas assassination

Wikileaks cable shows Gulf state requested killers’ credit card details in wake of Hamas hit

UAE asked for US aid in Hamas assassination
UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed asked for US assistance in a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leaked cables show

The UAE asked the US to assist its investigations over the January assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mahbouh in Dubai, according to information released by WikiLeaks.

The whistleblower website claimed in documents released on Tuesday that the Gulf state made a request to the superpower on 24 February.

The request was made by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, who asked if the US could provide further details of credit cards issued by a bank in Iowa, which Dubai police believed were carried by many of the assassins, the site said.

The issue was also raised by UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed in a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a day earlier.

The WikiLeaks cable said that the request had been passed to the FBI, and that Washington had been asked to deal with it urgently.

Dubai’s police chief, Dahi Khalfan Tamim, has maintained since the early days of the emirate's investigation that Israeli agents assassinated the Hamas commander.

On Sunday, a British newspaper reported that the head of Israel’s secret service is ready to apologise for the use of forged British passports during Mahbouh’s murder.

Tamir Pardo, who took over the role of Mossad chief earlier this month, will also promise that Israeli agents will never again be allowed to use forged British documents during operations abroad, the report said, citing Mossad sources. 

Pardo’s apology, which is expected during a trip to London in early January, would be the first official acknowledgement by Israel that it was behind the assassination in Dubai, the report said, and forms part of a drive to rebuild relations with the UK government.

 

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