Adil al-Abab, Former Chief Religious Cleric, Winter 2010

"The Jews and the Christians have attacked the Muslim nation in order to suppress their identity, uproot them, violate their honor and steal their wealth. When the Muslims stood up to defend themselves, to protect their holy places, and to establish the rule of Allah on land, the armies of tyrants fought against them in the name of the war on terror which is in reality a war on Islam. So can one say that these armies cannot be targeted?""Q&A with Shaykh Adil al-Abbab," Inspire Magazine 4 (2010): 21.

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, former leader, January 2009

“We must cut the supply routes of the Zionist-Christian Crusaders, and we must kill every Crusader we find in our lands.”“Qaeda: From Here We Begin…and at Al-Aqsa We Meet,” World Analysis, February 19, 2009,

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, former leader, January 2009

“We must cut the supply routes of the Zionist-Christian Crusaders, and we must kill every Crusader we find in our lands.”“Qaeda: From Here We Begin…and at Al-Aqsa We Meet,” World Analysis, February 19, 2009,

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, January 2009

"Thwart the efforts of these traitors by striking the interests of the enemies of Islam - namely, the Christian and the Jews - wherever and by whatever means you can… [T]he biggest threat to Islam is the Crusader/Zionist assault and its agents, the apostate rulers…we endorse every operation against Jewish interests."“Ayman al-Zawahiri: In His Own Words,” Anti-Defamation League, July 16, 2009,

Adam Gadahn, Al-Qaeda Spokesman, January 6, 2008

“Regrettably, Christianity today…is nothing but various combinations of Jesus worship, Mariolatry, iconolatry, cross-worship, saint-worship, and even pope and priest worship, not to mention blatant idolatry…”“Adam Gadahn: “Al Qaeda’s American Voice,” Anti-Defamation League, accessed March 16, 2015,

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, September 14, 2005

“The Mujahideen… convey that the Cross Worshipers have received a big blow and are tasting the humiliation at the hand of the Mujahideen. Martyrdom operations are ongoing at Tal-Afar; in addition to planting explosive devices, and luring the enemy into street fights avoiding civilian casualties between Muslim women and children.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Istimata (Absolute Struggle) Webpage, In Reference to Bali bombings, December 2002

“Let it be acknowledged that every single drop of Muslim blood, be it from any nationality and from any place will be remembered and accounted for.


“The heinous crime and international conspiracy of the Christians also extends to the Philippines and Indonesia. This has resulted in Muslim cleansing in Moro, Ambon, Poso and surrounding areas. It is clearly evident the crusade is continuing and will not stop. Every blow will be repaid. Blood will be redeemed by blood. A life for a life. One Muslim to another is like a single body. If one part is in pain, the other part will also feel it.


“To all you Christian unbelievers, if you define this act on your civilians as heinous and cruel, you yourself have committed crimes which are more heinous. The cries of the babies and Muslim women… has never succeeded in stopping your brutality. Well, here we are the Muslim men! We will harness the pain of the death of our brothers and sisters. You will bear the consequences of your actions wherever you are.


“We are responsible for the incident in Legina, Kuta, Bali.”Greg Fealy, “Hating Americans: Jemaah Islamiyah and the Bali Bombings,” International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter #31, July 2003,

Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General, 2002

“Their aim is to redraw the world’s political map. It is said that several US presidents are affiliated with the Christian Zionists.”Badih Chayban, “Nasrallah Alleges ‘Christian Zionist’ Plot,” Daily Star (Beirut), October 23, 2002, accessed June 3, 2014,

Abu Bakar Bashir, October 2002

“The government of Indonesia right now is being directed by America to service its needs and the primary need of America is to bury Islam particularly in Indonesia. Therefore, following on from this, America will be able to direct political and economic affairs in accordance with its own desires. Because of this, let us defend our religion, let us being to defend our religion… Hence our religion Islam, our nation and our country is currently being threatened by foreign races with hall manner of libels, with the bombings in Bali, with explosions everywhere, all of those are the plots of non-believers whose aims are to weaken and profane the believers of Islam. Therefore, accordingly they can exert power over this country in order that it may be taken advantage of. Brother and sisters let us hope for and be conscious of the defense of Islam, let us embark upon Jihad for Allah, let us struggle to implement the law of Allah and let us apply a unity within ourselves between all Muslims.”Zachary Abuza, Militant Islam in Southeast Asia: Crucible of Terror (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc., 2003),167.

Ahmed Yassin, Hamas founder, June 2002

“We reject this US domination and this frantic war. From our side, we concentrate on striking blows to it here in Palestine, with the aim of ironing out the Jewish entity in Palestine, which is the cause of trouble in the world... America... always works in favor of the existence of the Israeli entity... This is mainly due to the Zionist-Christian conviction and the 70 million Americans who follow the Protestant creed, which is in favor of Jews against the Muslims. The same applies to most of Britain's population... Because the Israeli and American enemies are ravaging the earth; they do not believe in anything besides power. The Ummah must adopt the principle of Jihad and fighting the enemies.”“Hamas in Their Own Words,” Anti-Defamation League, May 2, 2011,