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Caught on Russian wiretap: Tsarnaev ‘vaguely discussed jihad’ with mother – US official


One of the recorded phone conversations provided by Russian authorities to the FBI contained a vague dialogue about jihad between Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother, an anonymous US official said.

Secretly recorded phone conversations of the Tsarnaev family have allegedly served as a basis for the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) to warn their counterparts in the US about possible extremist links of Tsarnaev family.

A US official told Associated Press on condition of anonymity that in 2011 the FSB secretly intercepted a call between the deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother in which they indirectly discussed jihad.

The conversation mentioned Tamerlan’s possible trip to Palestine, which he declined as he did not speak Arabic, according to the experts who examined the information Moscow shared with Washington. No other details have been provided.

There was nothing in the conversation that suggested terrorist activity in the United States, officials said.

In the second intercepted call, the mother of the two suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva conversed with an unnamed man in the Russian Caucasus who at the time was under FBI investigation in an unrelated case. Again, no other details were given.

Russian authorities, in the past week did turn over to the US authorities all the available information regarding the Tsarnaev family, AP reports.

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