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Palestinian Hamas militants participate in a rally for the memory of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, seen in the portrait, in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on Feb. 17, 2010. (AP)

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Dubai has become the new Casablanca — the hottest spy center in the hottest corner of the world, where Russians, Afghans, Chechens, Americans, Pakistanis, Iranians, everybody, does spy business with full creature comforts nestled up against oil, holy war and nuclear brinksmanship.

Even so, the assassination of a top Hamas leader in his Dubai hotel room in January has made big, ongoing headlines.

Dubai says Israel’s secret service, Mossad, did it. Twenty-seven agents, lots on video tape. A wild story. Israel won’t confirm. What happened here?

This hour, On Point: a killing in Dubai, and the fallout.

Guests:

Paul McGeough, chief correspondent and former editor of Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. He’s the author of “Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Meshal and the Rise of Hamas.” He joins us from Washington.

Ronen Bergman, senior intelligence and military analyst for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth and author of “The Secret War With Iran.” He joins us from Tel Aviv.

Tobias Buck, Jerusalem bureau chief for The Financial Times. He joins us from Jerusalem.

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This AP video from Feb. 17 shows surveillance camera footage from the hotel where al-Mahbhouh was staying:

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