Bombers’ mother told older son to go to ‘Palestine’
In a Russian tapped conversation about jihad, the mother of the Boston bombers reportedly told them to go to "Palestine"
The mother of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers spoke with her older son about going to "Palestine", as reported by the Al Arabiya network.
In a conversation tapped by Russian authorities, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva suggested that her sons go to Palestine during a discussion about jihad. The Russian security service intercepted the 2011 phone conversation as part of a wider monitoring programme, the fruits of which have now been turned over to US officials.
Russia told the FBI in early 2011 that they believed Tamerlan, 26, and his mother were religious extremists. Following what the Associated Press called a "limited inquiry," the FBI closed the case in June 2011.
Jim Treacy, the FBI's legal attache in Moscow between 2007 and 2009, said the Russians long asked for U.S. assistance regarding Chechen activity in the United States that might be related to terrorism.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva has denied that she and her sons, Tamerlan and Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, 19, were involved in Islamic terrorism, saying her sons are being framed by United States security officials.
Investigators briefed by the FBI have said the Tsarnaev brothers -- ethnic Chechens from Russia who had lived in the U.S. for about a decade -- were motivated by anger over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Associated Press has also reported that Zubeidat Tsarnaeva was added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months ago.
During their conversation about 'Palestine', Tamerlan is said to have refused his mother's suggestions on the basis that he didn't speak the language.
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