The act: On Jan. 19, 2010, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas military commander wanted for the killing of two Israeli soldiers and suspected of being the primary link between the Palestinian group and Iran's Al-Quds Force, checked into the Al Bustan Rotana hotel near the Dubai airport. After leaving the hotel for dinner that night with unknown parties, he returned and was joined in the elevator up to his room by two men -- part of an 11-strong team that had come to kill him. Mabhouh was escorted to an empty hotel room where he was reportedly sedated and then suffocated with a pillow. The team made it out of the country safely and the body was discovered the next day.
Dubai police issued arrest warrants for 11 individuals, many of whom were caught on surveillance cameras. It turned out that the assassins had used faked British, Irish, Australian, French, and German passports to disguise their identities. Israel's Mossad spy agency never acknowledged involvement with the killing, but it was widely assumed to be responsible for the operation. The resulting firestorm of criticism even had some in the Israeli media calling for the service's head to be fired over the embarrassingly public incident. A number of countries, including Australia and Britain, expelled Israeli diplomats over the use of faked passports.