Boston bombing suspect unarmed when killed by FBI

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Ibragim Todashev, who was killed during an FBI interview last week, was unarmed when he was fatally shot, according to law enforcement officials. Civil rights activists are now calling for independent investigation of the death.

Todashev, who knew Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had neither gun nor knife when he was shot by the FBI, two law enforcement officials, who did not disclose their names, told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

Before that, investigators offered conflicting accounts of what happened in Todashev’s final minutes. One federal agent claimed Todashev was shot after trying to grab an agent’s sidearm. A second agent claimed Todashev brandished a knife. A Bureau statement issued on the day of the incident said only that an “individual” being interviewed was killed when a “violent confrontation was initiated by the individual.”

Investigators now say that the matter will be the subject of a probe that is expected to last for several months.

“The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement Wednesday.

“The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”

Meanwhile a Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil rights group, thinks that the efforts by the FBI itself are not enough. The organization is calling on the Department of Justice to step in and review the circumstances under which Todashev was shot.

“Our call for an independent investigation of this disturbing incident is not just about the victim and his family, but is also about constitutional rights and the rule of law,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly.

Todashev associated with Tamerlan Tsarnaev within mixed martial arts and boxing circles in the Boston area before he moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Orlando, Florida. FBI officials maintained he was never a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Law enforcement officials, speaking anonymously, claimed Todashev implicated himself and Tsarnaev in connection with a triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, on September 11, 2011. On September 12, police found three dead men in a well-kept rental home. Their throats had reportedly been slit and their bodies covered in marijuana.

The spokeswoman for Middlesex County’s district attorney’s office only told the Post that the investigation was ongoing, refusing to speculate as to whether Todashev or Tsarnaev were suspects. Sources close to the investigation said Todashev was friends with one of the victims.

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Turkey finds sarin gas in the hands of Syrian Rebels.

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Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.

The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police on Wednesday, reports say. The gas was allegedly going to be used to carry out an attack in the southern Turkish city of Adana.

On Monday, Turkish special anti-terror forces arrested 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group which has been dubbed “the most aggressive and successful arm” of the Syrian rebels. The group was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in December.

Police also reportedly found a cache of weapons, documents and digital data which will be reviewed by police.

Following the searches, five of those detained were released following medical examinations at the Forensic Medicine Institution Adana. Seven suspects remain in custody. Turkish authorities are yet to comment on the arrests.

In a separate incident in Adana, police reportedly received intelligence that an explosive-laden vehicle had entered the town of Adana on Thursday, the Taraf daily reports.

Ankara has attempted to bolster the Syrian opposition without becoming embroiled in the Syrian civil war, a policy which Damascus claims lead to the deadliest act of terrorism on Turkish soil.

On May 11, 51 people were killed and 140 injured after two car bombs exploded in the Turkish town of Reyhanlı, located near the country’s border with Syria.A dozen Turkish nationals have been charged in the twin bombings, and Ankara has accused Damascus of helping the suspects carry out the attack.

“This incident was carried out by an organization which is in close contact to pro-regime groups in Syria and I say this very clearly, with the Syrian Mukhabarat [intelligence agency],” Interior Minister Muammer Guler said.

Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zoubi denied any link the attack, saying his country “did not commit and would never commit such an act because our values would not allow that”.Zoubi further charged the Turkish government had facilitated the flow of arms, explosives, funds and fighters across the country’s border into Syria, claiming that that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party bear direct responsibility [for the attack].”

Reports of chemical weapons use by both Damascus and the Syrian opposition have surrounded the conflict in Syria for months.

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Confirmed. John McCain Met With Terrorist in Syria/turkey Border Meet and Greet

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Unfortunately, Lebanon’s “Daily Star” newspaper is reporting that two of the Senator’s new pals are Mohamed Nour and Abu Ibrahim – a couple of unsavory guys who stand accused of kidnapping 11 Shi’ite pilgrims in May of last year and a Lebanese journalist in October. Two of the kidnapping victims have since been released, and one of them – Anwar Ibrahim – recognized Nour in the McCain photos. The other nine captives are still being held hostage and negotiations are ongoing.

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Syria terrorists bulldoze Prophet Abraham shrine

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Syria terrorists bulldoze Prophet Abraham shrine
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists have destroyed the historic mausoleum of Prophet Abraham (PBUH) in Syria.
A video emerged showing the terrorists bulldozing the holly site in the eastern town of Ayn al-Arous in the province of Raqqa early on Thursday.
In the video, a radical Wahhabi group affiliated with al-Nusra Front is seen surrounding and then destroying the historic mausoleum.
Earlier this month, the militant groups destroyed the mausoleum of Hujr ibn Adi in the Damascus suburb of Adra and transferred his remains to an unknown location.
The desecration of the revered site belonging to the Shia Muslim figure by the militants in Syria has drawn global condemnations.
Hujr, a close companion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and a loyal supporter of the first Shia Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH), led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles.

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Nicole Lynn Mansfield American Woman Terrorist killed in Syria

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A car containing 3 members of Al-Nushra a British citizen,and American Woman and Another foreign National of Unknown Origin was struck by a Syrian Rocket.Nicole Lynn Mansfield of Flint Michigan was killed.Also in the car was Weapons,computers,and Maps of Military positions.

UK government lining up with Islamist radicals in Syria

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UK and France’s compulsion to lift the EU arms embargo will only lead to further bloodshed, and any weapons exports may fall into the hands of extremists, British journalist Neil Clark tells RT.

The more weapons they send to Syria, the greater the danger they will be used to strike against their own citizens and across the world, he explains.

Britain and France’s lone push to end the arms embargo on Syria is not conducive to a peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict and preparations for negotiations cannot come with the condition of Assad’s resignation. A drive for peace in the region shouldn’t be decided based on an immediate change of government, especially one which still has a strong support base within the country.

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US military fails to stem suicides

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The US military is suffering through an epidemic that seems to be getting worse despite efforts to change its course.

US military suicides are happening at almost two a day. The problem often so overwhelming that US officials won’t often discuss it even with Washington insiders.

And a new Army report released late last week indicated that the pace of self-inflicted deaths among US troops and service members is on pace with the record rate that the military saw in 2012. Experts say the prospect of serving through a seemingly never-ending war can be too much for individuals to deal with.

Between March and May, the U.S. military recorded 161 potential suicides in 2013 among active-duty troops, reservists and National Guard members that’s one suicide about every 18 hours.

Because of the number of US military suicides, the government has come up with a number of programs and initiatives designed to decrease those numbers. But experts and advocates think that those numbers will go up once again with the troop drawdown in Afghanistan.

Last year, the number of self-inflicted military deaths was more than the number of troops killed in battle according to figures gathered from each branch.

Military doctors are now studying if Traumatic Brain Injuries or T-B-Is are fueling the number of self-inflicted deaths. In March, more than 50 members of Congress formally asked US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to investigate whether TBIs sustained in American troops may be contributing to the military’s suicide crisis.

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