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American Dawa

by Andrew C. McCarthy

The radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers

Deep-blue, multi-culti Boston is the latest target of jihadist terror. The spree began on April 15, when terrorists remotely detonated two improvised explosive devices near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators: two young women, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi, and eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was waiting for his dad to complete the race. Four days later, with a major American city paralyzed by fear, the siege ended with a series of wild firefights in the streets, during which the terrorists killed MIT police officer Sean Collier and critically wounded transit-authority police officer Richard Donahue (who, thankfully, is expected to make a full recovery).

The terrorists were a pair of brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, originally from Chechnya. Their family had immigrated to the United States beginning in 2002. Dzhokhar, 19 years old at the time of the bombing, had been naturalized, in perverse irony, last September 11. He was captured hiding in a boat and faces a capital trial in federal court. His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, a green-card holder who bore the name of a legendary 14th-century jihadist warrior, was killed during the manhunt.

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