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The CIA submitted the name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects for a terrorist watch list in fall 2011 after an inquiry about Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Russian authorities concerned about his possible ties to extremists, a U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

The FBI had received a nearly identical request from the Russian government six months earlier, prompting a review of Tsarnaev’s activities that turned up nothing improper, a federal law enforcement official said.

Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a confrontation with police early Friday, hours after photos of him and his brother, Dhokhar Tsarnaev, were circulated as suspects in the Boston attacks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now recovering from a neck wound, was charged Monday and faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

Source: Kevin Johnson and Donna Leinwand Leger for USA TODAY

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