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Report: Bombing suspects motivated by US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  April 23, 2013 12:42 PM

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The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated he and his brother to carry out the attack, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has acknowledged to investigators his role in the bombings near the race finish line on April 15, the Post reported. The story cites unnamed officials who describe Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, 26, as "self-radicalized" individuals who appear to have acted on their own.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died Friday following a firefight with police in Watertown. His younger brother has been charged in the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 250 others. The younger Tsarnaev has not entered a plea.

Unnamed US officials also told The Associated Press that Tamerlan Tsarnaev read jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, including Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication produced by al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate.

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