WASHINGTON -- In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan
Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who
steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of
Islam, family members said.
Under the tutelage
of a friend known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, Tamerlan gave
up boxing and stopped studying music, his family said. He began opposing
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He turned to websites and literature
claiming that the CIA was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,
2001, and Jews controlled the world.