There has been a killing spree of Islamic radicals for years; all of which I applaud of course.

2011 was  a “jackpot” year with the deaths of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and many others – both died a Majestic death that I am sure gained each of them high rankings in the their sandy heaven. UBL and AAA died in their own unique ways – one at the hands of Navy SEALs and the other with the old “rocket through the windshield” technique – thanks to our flying lawn mowers (drones) soaring above.

“Not to take away from those epic tactics – they are reliable and lethal – but I love the more nefarious ways of killing bad guys and would like to highlight the up-close and personal techniques of assassination.  Lately, Iranian nuclear scientists have been dying on a regular basis, and I’ll soon review those awesome operational acts, but first let’s review one assassination that started all the Mossad hype: The hit on Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on January 19, 2010.”

In case you didn’t know – the Israelis secret intelligence agency – The Mossad – is more than just an “intelligence” agency. They are geniuses at targeting and are crafty operatives with an intimidating and fatal touch.  The Mossad have been fine-tuning their craft for decades, and in recent years have proven to be a well organized, disciplined group of renaissance men and women showcasing works of art all over the world.

The Difference Between Covert and Clandestine

Let’s define some terms that get used poorly by the media and public. I hear covert and clandestine used interchangeably on a regular basis and it’s irritating, so here they are defined – properly!

  • Covert definition: To conceal the sponsor or source. That simple. A covert act done properly will never be tied to an agency or government.
  • Clandestine definition: To conceal the action. A clandestine act done properly will never be identified, detected, or compromised by the target or third parties.

Clear as mud? Hopefully you’re learning something! There is an essay question at the end 🙂 Let’s move on to the good stuff…

The Mossad’s Mission

Covertly and clandestinely locate and kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh – a known Hamas Commander and Arms Dealer – and make it look like a heart attack. Was this the first attempt on his life? No, the Mossad attempted to kill him on 3 other occasions.