Mahmoud al-Zahar, member of Hamas’s politburo in Gaza, October 11, 2005

“The Taliban are 1,000 times more honorable than the American occupation and its collaborators… We are not a copy of the Taliban... Judge us according to what we are. Everyone must stop blaming the Taliban for things that in fact characterize the people of the West, who seek to turn the international community into a swamp of corruption and destruction, and to spread abomination and disease in the name of absolute freedom....”

“We are part of Allah's promise that Islam will enter Palestine and every home in the world, with a revelation of the power of Allah the Omnipotent, and a revelation of the inferiority of the infidels. Hamas is leading this plan in Gaza, the West Bank, and the 1948 territories, and the Muslim Brotherhood is leading it everywhere else. This is part of Allah's predestination.”“Hamas in Their Own Words,” Anti-Defamation League, May 2, 2011,

Ali Khamenei, August 19, 2005

“The United States is a monopolist power. It wants the entire world under its hegemony and domination.”“Leader's Statements at the Tehran Friday Prayers,” Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, August 19, 2005,

Omar Bakri Muhammad, August 2005

“Why [would] I condemn Osama Bin Laden for? I condemn Tony Blair. I condemn George Bush. I would never condemn Osama Bin Laden or any Muslims.”Dominic Casciani, “Profile: Omar Bakri Muhammad,” BBC News, August 12, 2005,; “Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad arrested in Lebanon,” BBC News, November 14, 2010,

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, July 2005

“I believe that the destructive hurricane [Katrina] which hit America, within its own house, was nothing but the result of a prayer of a father or a mother whose son was killed, or of a boy who became an orphan, or of a woman whose honor was violated on the lands of Afghanistan, Iraq or others.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Omar Bakri Muhammad, May 2005

“The fact that Americans were attacked was no surprise, what was surprising is that they came under such a devastating attack in their own country. The attacks were really a magnificent operation in every way. They were magnificent terrorists.”Mahan Abedin, “Al-Muhajiroun in the UK: Interview with Omar Bakri Muhammad,” Jamestown Foundation, May 25, 2005,

Ali Khamenei, March 14, 2005

“Our people say 'Death to America,' and this is like saying 'I seek God's refuge from the accursed Satan,' which is recited before any chapter of the Koran, even before 'In the name of Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful.' Why is this? So the believer will never forget, even for a moment, the presence of Satan. So he will never forget, even for a moment, that Satan is ready to attack him and to destroy his spiritual shield and is faith... The saying 'Death to America' is for this purpose.”“Iranian leader Ali Khamenei: "Death to America" - The true believer should never forget that Satan is always present,” MEMRI, March 14, 2005,

Hani al-Sibai, February 22, 2005

“The only riffraff I know are the Americans.”“Director of London’s Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies Hani Sibai: There are No ‘Civilians’ in Islamic Law; The Bombing is a Great Victory for Al-Qa’ida, Which ‘Rubbed the Noses of the World’s 8 Most Powerful Countries in the Mud,’” Middle East Media Research Institute, July 12, 2005,

Adam Gadahn, Al-Qaeda Spokesman, October 27, 2004

“Fighting and defeating America is our first priority… People of America… you too shall pay the price for the blood that has been spilled… The magnitude and ferocity of what is coming your way will make you forget all about September 11th… The streets of America shall run red with blood… casualties will be too many to count and the next wave of attacks may come at any moment.”“Adam Gadahn: “Al Qaeda’s American Voice,” Anti-Defamation League, accessed March 16, 2015,

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Brotherhood spiritual and intellectual leader, May 15, 2004

“Violence exists everywhere and terrorism exists everywhere, even within America, and America may be one of the reasons for the spreading of the violent ideology around the world because of the culture it spreads, violent films, the violent TV series, westerns… This is America and even the children… We have seen children shooting their classmates.”“Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in London to Establish 'The International Council of Muslim Clerics,’” MEMRI, July 8, 2004,

Abdel Aziz Rantisi, Hamas leader, March 28, 2004

“We knew that Bush is the enemy of God, the enemy of Islam and Muslims. America declared war against God. Sharon declared war against God, and God declared war against America, Bush and Sharon.”“Hamas in Their Own Words,” Anti-Defamation League, May 2, 2011,