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… Investigating the Bombers ‘ Foreign Ties …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 24th,2013

.. There is still much that we do not know about the Boston Marathon bombers . It will take time to piece together a more complete picture of their backgrounds . However , the investigation has taken an important turn since late last week , as the U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials are delving into their possible ties to jihadist groups based overseas . ..

.. The elder brother , Tamerlan Tsarnaev , first raised red flags more than two years ago, when Russia alerted the FBI to his increasingly

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radicalized worldview . The Bureau has issued a statement explaining that “a foreign government asked the FBI for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev” in early 2011. News reports have clearly identified that nation as Russia . They were “concerned about Tsarnaev’s potential ties to Chechen terrorists . ” Other press outlets have reported the same . ..

.. The FBI says that the request from the foreign government (Russia) “was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups . ” The Bureau says it sifted through the available evidence , and interviewed the Tsarnaev family , including Tamerlan , but “did not find any terrorism activity , domestic or foreign , and those results were provided to the foreign government in the summer of 2011.”   What made Russia initially suspicious of Tamerlan Tsarnaev? What “unspecified underground groups” did Russia think he was attempting to join?   We don’t know the answers to these questions . The F.B.I. should release everything that it has . Russia could , but likely will not , unless it is in their interest , and they have something to gain from it . ..

.. The reality is that there are a number of jihadist groups based in the Caucasus that also operate elsewhere, including in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria, with logistical support networks in still other countries .  ..

.. Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev involved with any of these groups? Did any of these jihadist organizations train or otherwise support him ? ..

.. We need to learn more . We deserve to know more . In the coming weeks , we should learn more . ..

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