Islamic Radicalization of the Tsarnaev Brothers

As the federal and local investigation unfolds, evidence suggests that the Boston Marathon was allegedly planned and carried out by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Some counterterror analysts have speculated that the Tsarnaev brothers may have planned a bigger operation than the marathon in the future. Were they inspired by al Qaeda-like, anti-American ideology that paints the United States as the root of all evil? It’s too soon to tell what their motivation was, but it does appear that radical Islam influenced their alleged actions on April 15, 2013.

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