National Security Brief: One Boston Bombing Suspect Is Dead, The Second Still At Large

One suspect in the Boston bombing, a 26 year old man identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed early Friday by police in the Boston suburbs, while his brother, 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the other suspect in the bombing, remains at large. Both men are believed to be Chechens. There is also reportedly a third person who is involved.

Foreign Policy has more about Tamerlan, who “was apparently a boxer who hoped to gain citizenship by being selected for the U.S. Olympic team.”

Authorities are currently engaged in a city-wide manhunt in and around Boston in search of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Check out ThinkProgress and the Boston Globe’s website for more updates.

In other news:

  • The Los Angeles Times reports: Secretary of State John F. Kerry implored Congress on Thursday not to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, warning that such a move could disrupt diplomacy over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program at a delicate moment.
  • The Miami Herald reports: A third of the war-on-terror captives are now considered hunger strikers, with 15 of them being force fed and four hospitalized, the U.S. military said Thursday.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports: American intelligence agencies are reviewing what some officials see as the first credible indications that Syrian forces used small amounts of chemical weapons in recent fighting, senior U.S. and European officials said.