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."
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| War of Ideas |