Boston Bombing Suspects Planned July 4th Attacks, Were Inspired by Al-Awlaki

The poisonous legacy of Anwar al-Awlaki
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Interesting new details on the plans and motivations of the Tsarnaev brothers: Boston Bombing Suspects Planned Fourth of July Attacks, Source Says.

The brothers finished building the bombs in Tamerlan’s apartment in Cambridge, Mass., faster than they anticipated, and so decided to accelerate their attack to the Boston Marathon on April 15, Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, from July, according to the account that Dzhokhar provided authorities. They picked the finish line of the marathon after driving around the Boston area looking for alternative sites, according to this account.

In addition, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told authorities that he and his brother viewed the Internet sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American cleric who moved to Yemen and was killed in September 2011 by an American drone strike. There is no indication that the brothers communicated with Mr. Awlaki before his death.

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