Talking about the "things that matter most" on Apr. 19
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Boston, Islam and The Church
4:20 – Understanding Chechnya, jihad, and the region’s deep ties with al Qaeda
The news out of Boston is coming fast, and some of it will certainly turn out to be inaccurate. Right now, two men are believed to be the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack on April 15, 2013 that killed three and injured over a hundred. The brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26) and his brother Dzokhar (19), are both residents of Boston and have been for some years. Reporting indicates that they are originally from Chechnya, a restive, Muslim-dominated region of Russia. Are they simply disgruntled young men? Chechen jihadists? On a mission for al Qaeda? No one knows for certain, though it is clear that they maintain links with their family’s homeland, posting on Russian social media sites. More details are to come, but in the meantime, some answers from AEI’s lead Russia scholar, Leon Aron and Hudson Institute Counter-terrorism scholar Richard Weitz
5:00 – Boston Manhunt for Chechnyan Bomber
It has now been revealed that the Boston Marathon bombers were two Muslims from southern Russia near Chechnya: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a firefight with Massachusetts police early this morning, and his brother Dzhokhar, who as of this writing is still at large. Robert Spencer says as more and more material comes to light about the pair, their motivations become clear. He joins us.