Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has reportedly told interrogators that he and his brother were motivated by the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Citing U.S. officials familiar with the interviews, the Washington Post said Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan were "self-radicalized" through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world.
Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar, who is listed in fair condition at a Boston hospital, has reportedly claimed that the attack was conducted without the aid of any foreign terror groups.
Earlier this week, the White House announced that Tsarnaev will not be treated as an enemy combatant and will be tried in civilian court.
"Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
Judge Marianne B. Bowler held a legal hearing at Tsarnaev's hospital bed on Monday. Unable to speak, Tsarnaev nodded to questions. He has been appointed a public defender.
Tsarnaev has been charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.
If convicted, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty. His brother Tamerlan was killed in a confrontation with police.
The twin blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 250 on April 15th.
by RTT Staff Writer
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