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What what drove the suspected bomber's remains unclear.
In the Boston terror attacks investigators are reportedly already trying to question the surviving suspect and though there seems to be sent.
Some varying reports on that -- experts are now turning to their past for clues.
-- family trees is their origins to a small area and southern Russia known as Chechnya.
It's a predominantly Muslim country it's been an -- or area I should say -- in turmoil for years.
With Islamist terror groups launching a series of attacks against Russian targets in a fight for independence for Muslim states.
And 2000 into Chechen terror group stormed a theater in Moscow there are some 700 people inside at the time more than 100 died during a rescue attempt.
By Russian security forces.
That in 2004 in the largest hostage taking in history.
I again it checks in storm to Russian school holding more than a thousand students and teachers for three days the crisis ended with more than 300 dead.
Many of them children.
A few years later in 2000 intend to female Chechen suicide bomber sometimes called black widows.
I struck the Moscow subway system during rush hour killing nearly forty people.
Chechen militants have also been linked to events in and -- inside and outside of Russia including partnering with the Taliban and al-Qaeda to fight against United States.
And even reportedly joining opposition fighters and the civil war raging in Siri -- A joining us now is Peter Brookes is a former CIA officer and senior fellow for national security -- Harris foundation just wrote about this Chechen potential connection.
And we had to be real careful Peter -- -- Just because someone is Chechen.
Does -- mean there Islamist militants but we have very few facts in the case that -- facts are these about these two young men one is that they're Chechen.
And the other is that they're Muslim but what are we supposed to make -- this -- -- -- -- right -- I mean we gotta be careful here but we do we know that that part of the world has been -- it very highly terror afflicted.
There are Islamist militants there.
They are you know involved in places beyond Chechnya as you mentioned in in Syria they were in in Afghanistan.
I'm very concerned -- -- about the fact that the Russians notified us in 2011.
About the older brother.
But they must have something must be going on before 2011.
He must've had some sort of contact.
There with the you'd somebody -- that play in Russia itself that he came into onto the Russians radar so they must have been in touch with somebody the Russians were surveilling and then of course in 2012.
The older brother spent twelve.
We don't know what happened there is Stanley said it was very benign but I'm not so confident so I think we have a perfect storm of radicalization.
And for the moment what we don't know anything more and there is reason to be concerned that there is an international connection.
Perhaps in -- that the caucuses in Chechnya -- Stein or perhaps even someplace else.
To get this this geography is not necessarily on our radar all the time when we talk about Jihad are we talk about Muslim extremist here.
What should we know about -- -- you know we call them Chechen militants but in other cases we could call them interchangeable -- -- islamists even though that's not.
Necessarily something Associated Press wants -- use anymore but that is that the turned that we should be using -- -- trying to and talk about the geography what is the geography not Arnold best.
I wish you wish you were so simple -- complex.
You know you have people the original intent of this conflict going back -- -- 1990s.
Was -- separatists are separate state it was separatism.
The Russians were also very heavy handed down there and they basically destroyed.
The -- capital of Grozny.
In in Chechnya so then then it morphed more into an islamists militants see -- including terrorism.
Today that's moved over to places like a dog a -- so it's a very complicated thing some people like when you talk about the tolley bond.
You know they may be interested only in what's going on in that part of the world or North Africa and they have no trans national.
Hostilities at all in mind.
But you have to be very careful.
And the fact that we've seen -- Chechens in Afghanistan.
We've seen -- in in Syria there was a plot just last year in Spain.
That included Chechens we have to be concerned that this conflict in the southern part of Russia is moving beyond those borders and may affect our security and we don't know that we can't say for sure that that affected our security in Boston.
But there's reasons for that that's one of the -- where we need to go down to be sure if we have a new threat vector coming at us.
I only have thirty seconds here but -- bigger story this week was about a hundred million dollars plus going to Syrian rebels to fight it's -- side.
But we know that is indeed the worst of the worse and as Islamist militants.
Are working with the rebels the Chechen militants were just discussing so how concerned she should we be that we're supporting the rebels that include this -- is well again short time we are.
Yet we we don't want we don't want our -- going to really bad actors such as Al Newser al-Qaeda.
You know other militants we have to be sure it's getting to the people we want to get to the people that we're supporting over there are so that's one of the reason you -- -- have been very cautious about providing arms because the worry that they might be transferred to these bad actors but obviously something we need to be watching very closely.
We've -- -- in the news together.
I -- appreciated as always thank you very much thanks --
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