KIZLYAR, Russia — It’s not every day that a well-dressed American shows up in this town, where shaggy cows meander over deeply rutted roads, so people remember Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Among the things that made the young visitor stand out, two acquaintances recalled Thursday, was his avid interest in waging jihad.
‘‘He already had jihad views when he came. I think because he was Chechen, he was rooting for his homeland,’’ said Zaur M. Zakaryayev, 29, a member of a Salafi advocacy organization, the Union of the Just. ‘‘When he got here he was surprised at the conditions. I think he expected to find a full-fledged war, that one people was fighting with another.’’