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April 25, 2013 | By David Horsey
Like finding new friends on Facebook or a great deal on EBay, it is easy to locate fiery, radical Islamist imams on the Internet who will guide the willing toward the path of bomb making, random slaughter and martyrdom. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber who died in a shootout with police a week ago, seems to have connected with a number of these firebrand theologians in exactly that way. Tsarnaev did not pick up his militant ideas at his local mosque. In fact, it is being reported that, on two occasions, Tsarnaev interrupted Friday prayer services at a mosque in Cambridge to criticize the speaker for being too liberal and accommodating.
April 22, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
A federal magistrate, prosecutor and public defender held an extraordinary court session Monday in the hospital room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, providing the first glimpse of the accused Boston Marathon bomber since his arrest Friday. The bedside hearing, according to an official transcript by a court reporter, began with Dr. Stephen R. Odom, a trauma surgeon, making sure that Tsarnaev was well enough for the hearing. “How are you feeling?” he asked him. “Are you able to answer some questions?
April 22, 2013 | By David Horsey
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers accused of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombing, is the baffling mystery man in this crime. His older brother, Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police in the dark early hours Friday morning, better fits the stereotype of a disaffected, nascent terrorist. He was nearing adulthood when he came to this country from Russia's predominantly Muslim central Asian region. He talked of having no American friends. He had openly disdained the immorality of American society and adopted a zealous brand of Islam.
April 16, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani
REVERE, Mass. -- A student from Saudi Arabia who was wounded in the explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday was caught up in the manhunt for the source of the two bombs. On Monday night, federal agents questioned his roommates and searched his apartment, carrying out bags of evidence. FULL COVERAGE: Boston Marathon attack The man was considered a “person of interest,” but is no longer under suspicion, said a federal law enforcement official who requested anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
April 16, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles authorities said Tuesday they planned more vigilant security for the foreseeable future in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The violence sparked outrage by some Los Angeles leaders. L.A. Council President Herb Wesson called out those who planted the bombs Tuesday. "I don't know what these monsters believe that they are going to accomplish. But when we have horrific acts of violence like yesterday it only brings us closer as a nation," Wesson said in the L.A. City Council chambers.
March 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Two American stealth bombers flew over South Korea in a practice run to drop dummy munitions, the U.S. military announced Thursday. The unusual announcement is expected to further anger North Korea, which issued threats this month over recently completed U.S.-South Korean military exercises. American forces said the B-2 Spirit bombers were sent Thursday to South Korea from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Their mission “involved flying more than 6,500 miles to the Korean peninsula, dropping inert munitions on the Jik Do Range, and returning to the continental U.S. in a single, continuous mission,” the U.S. Forces Korea said in its statement.
March 26, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Alex Rodriguez
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A team of eight suicide bombers stormed a police compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, killing five police officers and injuring four others, a provincial police chief said. The attack comes on the second day of Secretary of State John F. Kerry's visit to Kabul. Kerry met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai a second time Tuesday morning after an initial sit-down upon his arrival in the Afghan capital Monday. Kerry and Karzai have been trying to tamp down tensions between the two countries in the wake of Karzai's remarks earlier this month that the U.S. was colluding with the Taliban, a statement that infuriated officials in Washington.
March 18, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber killed four other people and injured at least 33 after rushing into a crowded courtroom in the northwest Pakistan city of Peshawar on Monday and detonating his explosives, police and witnesses said. The attack occurred at a time when Peshawar's main courthouse, a heavily guarded compound in one of the country's most violence-ridden cities, was bustling with lawyers and litigants attending morning hearings. Police said there were two attackers, both wearing suicide explosives vests and armed with handguns.
March 8, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
KABUL, Afghanistan --A loud explosion struck outside Afghanistan's Defense Ministry in Kabul on Saturday, reportedly killing at least nine civilians in an attack less than a mile from where U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was staying in the capital. Gunshots were heard after the blast, which occurred a day after Hagel arrived in a surprise visit to Kabul. The Associated Press reported that Afghan officials said an apparent suicide attacker on a bicycle hit the main entrance to the Defense Ministry about 9 a.m., killing nine people and wounding several others.
March 5, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - A Portland, Ore., man was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday on charges of aiding one of three suicide bombers who conducted a deadly attack near the headquarters of Pakistan's intelligence service in Lahore in 2009. At least 30 people were killed in the attack, in which armed men sprayed guards with gunfire before sending a van loaded with explosives toward a police building near the provincial headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, one of the most powerful institutions in Pakistan.
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