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April 26, 2013

ADL Terrorism Update Newsletter Focuses On Boston Marathon Bombing

The April edi­tion of Ter­ror­ism Update, ADL’s newslet­ter pro­vid­ing news and analy­sis on inter­na­tional ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their fol­low­ers in the U.S., is now available.

The feature article highlights the use of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula magazine Inspire by domestic extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Islam. Authorities reportedly confirmed that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, used bomb making instructions found in the pages of Inspire.

The profile examines the Tsarnaev brothers’ social media profiles and online interests, including their apparent fascination with militancy and Islam. Par­al­lels between Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, the dead Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect, and an Aus­tralian preacher named Feiz Moham­mad are also explored.

This edi­tion also includes infor­ma­tion on recent terror-related arrests in Illinois, Oregon, and Virginia, as well updates to ter­ror pros­e­cu­tions in Wash­ing­ton, Florida and New Jersey

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April 19, 2013

Profile Of Boston Bombers Emerges

Even as the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continues, a portrait of him and his brother, Tamerlan, the alleged perpetrators of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, has begun to emerge.

Based on social media profiles apparently belonging to them, the brothers were interested in militancy, Islam and Chechnya, a region in Russia.

The two reportedly came to the United States as refugees in the early 2000s, perhaps a couple of years apart, after fleeing the violence in the Caucasus.  Both appeared to maintain close ties to their ethnic homeland. The younger brother, Dzhokhar, included the seal of his hometown soccer team as the background of his Twitter account. The older, Tamerlan, expressed his hope for Chechen independence and included books about Chechnya about on his Amazon wish list.

The brothers were also practicing Muslims, posting messages about Islam and Ramadan on various social media profiles. There is an indication that Tamerlan may have had a more radical streak, reflected in his YouTube playlist featuring videos by a radical cleric living in Australia and videos about joining an Islamic army to help establish a Caliphate as well as a playlist on “Terrorists” (the videos of which had previously been deleted by YouTube).

A more complete profile on the brothers can be found here: Social Media Profiles Shed Light on Brothers Accused in Boston Marathon Attack.

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