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Britain says 'compelling' evidence Israel linked to Dubai assassination

Britain Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday that 12 British passports used in the Dubai assassination plot were forged when they were handed over to Israel for inspection.

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Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband speaks in the House of Commons Tuesday after Britain expelled an Israeli diplomat over the alleged use of forged UK passports in the Dubai assassination of a Hamas operative in a suspected Mossad hit.

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Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday that there are "compelling reasons to believe that Israel was responsible" for the forging of British passports used in the Dubai assassination of a Hamas official.

“The passports used were copied from genuine British passports when handed over for inspection” to Israel, Mr. Miliband told Parliament. It is "highly likely (the forgeries) were made by a state intelligence service,” he said.

Miliband's comments, together with his promised expulsion of a diplomat from Israel's London Embassy, offer the first apparent confirmation of Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan’s claim that Israel was involved in the Jan. 19 attack.

“This just gives credibility to what Dahi Khalfan already said, that he was 99 percent sure” that Mossad carried out the attack, says Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a politicial scientist at Emirates University in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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