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Boston Suspect's Note Says Brothers Bombed Marathon in Retaliation to U.S. Foreign Policy

"When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims," the note reportedly states.

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scrawled a confessional note on the inside of the boat where he was captured, reports CBS’ John Miller.

Tsarnaev appears to have written the note as police pursued him during a high-profile chase that captivated national media last month. The message says he and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev bombed the marathon in retaliation to U.S. foreign policy in predominately Muslim nations. Here’s CBS with the details:

The note, scrawled with a pen on the interior wall of the cabin, said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and called the Boston victims collateral damage in the same way Muslims have been in the American-led wars. "When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims," the note added.

Dzhokhar said he didn't mourn older brother Tamerlan, the other suspect in the bombings, writing that by that point, Tamerlan was a martyr in paradise -- and that he expected to join him there.

CBS also explains that the note will probably be used in court to build a case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The remaining Boston bombing suspect reportedly admitted to some of the details in the note, but relayed the information to officers before they read him his Miranda rights. Via CBS:

According to Miller, the note will be a significant piece of evidence in any Dzhokhar trial -- it is "certainly admissible," and paints a clear picture of the brothers' motive, "consistent with what he told investigators while he was in custody," Miller said Thursday on "CBS This Morning."

Steven Hsieh is an editorial assistant at AlterNet and writer based in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @stevenjhsieh.