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Signal missed on Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Russia said intention to change name was sign of radicalization

WASHINGTON — Russian officials’ warnings to the FBI and CIA about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Islamic radicalization included a prediction that he would change his name, a Massachusetts lawmaker said Wednesday — but the alert apparently failed to raise alarms when Tsarnaev formally sought the name “Muaz,” an early Islamic scholar.

Tsarnaev tried to make the change as part of a federal citizenship application eight months before the Boston Marathon bombing.

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