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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hamas Figure Arrested in Damascus for Dubai Link?

I don't know if this report is true but apparently more than one source is reporting that a senior aide to Mahmud Mabhouh has been arrested in Damascus for possibly revealing the travel plans of Mabhouh prior to the Dubai hit operation.

If this proves to be true it would bear out reports from the Dubai authorities that the leak came from within Hamas, which Hamas has been denying. Hamas has claimed that Fatah collaborated with Mossad; if the arrested man is guilty, then the question is, had Israel infiltrated Hamas, or had Fatah? Middle Eastern aficionados of conspiracy theories (who are plentiful) will no doubt have fun with this one, if true.

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