Anti-American

Ali Khamenei, November 4, 1999

“Zionists are the main policy makers of America and the problem is that Iran is the biggest and most important center of confrontation with Israel.” John F. Burns, “Ayatollah Rebukes Iran Liberals and U.S.,” New York Times, November 4, 1999, http://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/04/world/ayatollah-rebukes-iran-liberals-and-us.html.

Ali Khamenei, November 4, 1999

“It is very clear today that America has no other fate in mind for us today than before the revolution, that of submission, and obviously we will fight that.” John F. Burns, “Ayatollah Rebukes Iran Liberals and U.S.,” New York Times, November 4, 1999, http://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/04/world/ayatollah-rebukes-iran-liberals-and-us.html.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, February 23, 1998

“To kill the American[s] and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty upon every Muslim in all countries… With God’s permission we call on everyone who believes in God and wants reward to comply with His will to kill the Americans and seize their money wherever and whenever they find them.”Bruce Lawrence, trans., Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden (London: Verso, 2005), 167.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, February 1998

World Islamic Front fatwa issued with Bin Laden:

“All these sins and crimes committed by the Americans are a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger and Muslims.

“The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies - civilians and military - is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in every country in which it is possible to do it...

“We, with God's help, call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.”“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, 1998

Following al-Qaeda’s attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania:

“Tell America that its bombings, its threats and its acts of aggression do not frighten us. The war has only just begun.”“Ayman al-Zawahiri in his own words,” BBC News, June 16, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-middle-east-13792238.

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“The American campaign undoubtedly targets the Muslim Ummah first and foremost because only the Muslim Ummah has an ideology capable of confronting and challenging Capitalism.”Hizb ut-Tahrir, The American Campaign to Suppress Islam (London: Al Khilafah Publications, 1996), 39, http://www.ht-bangladesh.info/sites/default/files/books/uscampaign.pdf.

HT publication, March 25, 1996

“Therefore, a Muslim cannot accept both the pluralism which America propagates and the unrestricted pluralism which means accepting the existence of calls for Kufr and anything which Allah has prohibited.”Hizb ut-Tahrir, The American Campaign to Suppress Islam (London: Al Khilafah Publications, 1996), 19, http://www.ht-bangladesh.info/sites/default/files/books/uscampaign.pdf.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, December 29, 1994

“We declared jihad against the U.S. government, because the U.S. government is unjust, criminal, and tyrannical… Due to its subordination to the Jews, the arrogance and haughtiness of the U.S. regime has reached such an extent that it occupied the qibla [direction of prayer, i.e. towards the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia] of the Muslims… For this and other acts of aggression and injustice, we have declared jihad against the U.S., because in our religion it is our duty to make jihad so that God’s word is the one exalted to the heights and so that we drive the Americans away from all Muslim countries.”Bruce Lawrence, trans., Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden (London: Verso, 2005), 47.

Ali Khamenei, November 4, 1992

“Anyone who fights America’s aggression, its greediness and its plans to encroach on the Persian Gulf region, has engaged in a holy war in the cause of Allah, and anyone who is killed on that path is a martyr.”“Iran Announces Arrest of American Businessman,” New York Times, November 5, 1992, http://www.nytimes.com/1992/11/05/world/iran-announces-arrest-of-american-businessman.html.

Ali Khamenei, September 12, 1990

“We will never permit the United States to make a foothold or turn the region into its zone of influence wherever we are present and have influence and anywhere our words, as the voice of Islam, are heard by Muslims.”Youssef M. Ibrahim, “Confrontation in the Gulf; Resist U.S. in Gulf, Top Iranian Cleric Urges All Muslims,” New York Times, September 13, 1990, http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/13/world/confrontation-in-the-gulf-resist-us-in-gulf-top-iranian-cleric-urges-all-muslims.html.