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Who Are We Fighting Now in the War on Terror?

This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. The FBI says the two brothers and suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left Tamerlan dead and Dzhokhar still at large on Friday, April 19, 2013. The ethnic Chechen brothers lived in Dagestan, which borders the Chechnya region in southern Russia. They lived near Boston and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, one of their uncles reported said. Credit: AP

The attack in Boston last week turned the American public's attention back to the War on Terror. While the Boston bombing suspects were Mulsim and some reports indicate evidence before the attacks of them having extremist views, little has been found by investigators and released to the public that show links or direct corroboration between the Tsarnaev brothers and larger Islamic terrorist organizations.

Meanwhile, two men were in court in Canada on Tuesday, accused with working with Al Qaeda members in Iran for a terrorist attack to take place in Canada on a train going between Toronto and New York City. Iran has strongly denied any links between themselves with Al Qaeda or harbored Al Qaeda members in Iran working with the would-be attackers in Canada. Both suspects in Canada appear to plan to plea not guilty to the charges against them. Canadian authorities were tipped off about the alleged plans by a high profile member of the Canadian Muslim community.

On 'Real News' Tuesday the panel first recognized the success of law enforcement to stop the Canadian attack in planning and quickly capture the Boston bombing suspects, but furthermore, analyze the suspects in both attacks. Both groups of suspects were current or at one-time students in North America, Muslim but appearing to not be full on Al Qaeda members, assimilated in many ways but seen supporting more more extremist elements available within our borders or accessible online or on a short vacation. Will our new opponents in the War on Terror be Al Qaeda affiliates and/or homegrown radicals? How will we seek out these extremists then prosecute them? Watch a clip from Tuesday's show below:

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