Anti-American

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman, August 22, 2017

“If America does not withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the day will not be far when Afghanistan shall transform into a graveyard for the American Empire.”Bill Roggio, “Taliban vows to continue its ‘Jihad’ against US,” Long War Journal, August 22, 2017, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/08/taliban-vows-to-continue-its-jihad-against-us.php.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, March 2008

“A call to help our people in Gaza”:

“[Muslims should] attack the interests of the Jews and the Americans. Select your targets, collect the appropriate funds, assemble your equipment, plan accurately and then charge towards your targets. There is no place today for those who claim that the battlefield with the Jews is limited to Palestine. Let us hit their interests everywhere.”“Ayman al-Zawahiri in his own words,” BBC News, June 16, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-middle-east-13792238.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, April 2008

On the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq:

“The first signs of victory have already appeared. Soon, Iraq will become a fortress of Islam, from whence the squadrons and regiments tasked with liberating the Al-Aqsa mosque [in Jerusalem] will burst forth, with the help of Allah.

“Iraq today is the most important front line for the participation of our Islamic nation against the forces of the crusader Zionist invasion. Due to this, providing assistance to the mujahideen in Iraq - at their head, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) - is one of the most important duties required of the Islamic nation today.”“Ayman al-Zawahiri in his own words,” BBC News, June 16, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-middle-east-13792238.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, November 2008

Message to Barack Obama after his election as president of the United States:

“You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America. In you and in [former US Secretary of State] Colin Powell, [former US Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice and your likes, the words of Malcolm X concerning ‘House Negroes’ are confirmed. America, the criminal, trespassing crusader, continues to be the same as ever, so we must continue to harm it in order for it to come to its senses.”“Ayman al-Zawahiri in his own words,” BBC News, June 16, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-middle-east-13792238.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, October 2012

Video statement:

God the great and almighty granted us success to capture the Jewish American Warren Weinstein. We are seeking, by the help of God, to capture others and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives.”Chelsea J. Carter, “Al Qaeda leader calls for kidnapping of Westerners,” CNN, October 28, 2012, http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/27/world/asia/al-qaeda-kidnap-threat/.

Jaafar al-Husseini, KH spokesman, March 5, 2017

“A battle with the Americans is drawing near… For months, we have been getting ready for the battle with the Americans. We have made all the preparations for the battle with the Americans in Iraq.”“Iraqi Hizbullah Spokesman Jaafar Al-Husseini: We Have Been Preparing for Months for Battle against the Americans in Iraq,” MEMRI TV, March 5, 2017, https://www.memri.org/tv/iraqi-hizbullah-spokesman-jaafar-al-husseini-we-have-been-preparing-months-battle-against/transcript.

Jaafar al-Husseini, KH spokesman, March 5, 2017

“The battle [with Americans] will be military and political, as well as on the media front... We and the Americans will never be in the same trench, unless we are fighting one another.”“Iraqi Hizbullah Spokesman Jaafar Al-Husseini: We Have Been Preparing for Months for Battle against the Americans in Iraq,” MEMRI TV, March 5, 2017, https://www.memri.org/tv/iraqi-hizbullah-spokesman-jaafar-al-husseini-we-have-been-preparing-months-battle-against/transcript.

Hussein al-Houthi, Founder, 2004

“[To then-President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh:] I do not work against you, I appreciate you and what you do tremendously, but what I do is my solemn national duty against the enemy of Islam… America and Israel.”Barak A. Salmoni, Bryce Loidolt, and Madeleine Wells, Regime and Periphery in Northern Yemen: The Huthi Phenomenon (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2010), 121, http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2010/RAND_MG962.pdf.

Houthis slogan

“God is great! Death to America! Death to Israel! Curse upon the Jews! Victory to Islam!”Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell, “‘Death to America! Death to Israel!’ Say Houthis in Yemen,” Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2015, http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-death-to-america-death-to-israel-say-houthis-in-yemen-20150220-story.html.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda Leader, Sep. 9, 2016

We mark in these days the passage of nearly 15 years since the blessed invasions in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania.