An unreal scene is unfolding in Boston right now: One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was killed after he and his accomplice robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store, shot and killed an MIT police officer, stole a Mercedes SUV, and then threw explosives at the security officers who pursued them.
One of the suspects died from wounds sustained in the gunfight. The other suspect is still at large, and Boston police have shut down all public transport in the city and launched a massive manhunt through the suburbs to track him down. The Associated Press is reporting that the surviving suspect is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old from a Russian region near Chechnya.
This story is still developing — and as it develops, it is being followed by people from across the globe. In the above video, residents of the Syrian town of Kafr Anbel, which is known for its satirical attacks on President Bashar al-Assad, carry a poster with a message for Americans: "Boston bombers represent a sorrowful scene of what happens every day in Syria. Do accept our condolences."
Dan Lamothe is an award-winning military journalist and war correspondent. He has written for Marine Corps Times and the Military Times newspaper chain since 2008, traveling the world and writing extensively about the Afghanistan war both from Washington and the war zone. He also has reported from Norway, Spain, Germany, the Republic of Georgia and while underway with the U.S. Navy. Among his scoops, Lamothe reported exclusively in 2010 that the Marine Corps had recommended that Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer receive the Medal of Honor. This year, he was part of a team of journalists that exposed senior Marine Corps leaders' questionable involvement in legal cases, and then covering it up. A Pentagon investigation is underway in those cases.| Situation Report |