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    The BBC had an interview (TV only do far) with a Russia expert who explained that the radicalisation occurred in the USA, not Russia as the FBI appear to be trying to promote. The simple explanation is that if it was based there, the pair would have been involved in attacks on Russian interests in the region.

    France Vingt-quatre has a very interesting piece with an expert on terrorism explaining a theory that they became radicalized over the internet. Certainly the Mirrror piece ignores this snippet:

    F24: Do the two suspects in the Boston attacks seem to match the profile of a new generation of jihadists who became radicalised on the Internet?

    DT: For now, that’s the most likely hypothesis, even if we’re still missing a lot of information about their personal journeys and histories. It’s completely possible that these two young men absorbed jihadist ideology on the Internet. They may have read online publications in their native Chechen language, but also in English. There are a lot of documents available these days on the Internet, like the publication Inspire [the online magazine of the Yemen-based branch of al-Qaeda, Aqap]. You can learn, most notably, how to build a bomb. About a month ago, Aqap also published a sort of jihadist manuel to encourage individuals to become jihadists on their own.

    The piece also gives a pointer to the pair's disaffection being a motivation behind the radicalization, rather in the same way others involved in large scale killings in the USA (the cinema shootings for example) built up to using different forms of violence.
    F24: What about the theory that these young people became terrorists because they felt alienated and uprooted?

    DT: It’s still too early to know what led them to do it. One of these two young men was leading what appeared to be a normal college student's life, and there were no indications that they had been exposed to or interested in jihad. For the moment, I think we can compare them to the Iraqi who carried out terrorist attacks in Stockholm [in December 2010, when two explosions killed Iraqi-born Swedish citizen Taimour Abdulwahab, the suspected bomber, and injured two others]. He wasn’t in any socio-economic distress, but he was experiencing feelings of alienation. He had frequented radical groups in Great Britain and Sweden. He was an isolated individual, but had contacts in jihadist circles. I think the two men from Boston seem to fit this profile.

    We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 03:28:41 AM PDT

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