Anti-European

Abdelmalouk Droukdal, AQIM Leader, July 1, 2008

“European government started judging the Muslims about their intentions and their sympathy with the Muslims’ causes. This comes from the crusade’s religious hate that moves the West, and that blew up all the bright slogans that they hold dear, such as freedom, forgiveness, human rights and justice, those slogans that they hurt our hearing with for years.”“An Interview With Abdelmalek Droukdal,” New York Times, July 1, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/world/africa/01transcript-droukdal.html.

Abu Abdul Ilah Ahmed, Head of AQIM Media, Undated

“Today the global security is one and indivisible. So it is upon the American and European nations to choose: either they share security, luxury and good neighborhood with us, or we share war, fear and destruction. ‘Good for good and the first is blessed’ and ‘An eye for an eye and the first is cursed’.”“Words of Wisdom,” Inspire Magazine 11 (2013): 11, https://azelin.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/inspire-magazine-issue-11.pdf. See Aaron Y. Zelin, “al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula’s al-Malāḥim Media releases Inspire Magazine Issue #11,” Jihadology, May 30, 2013, http://jihadology.net/2013/05/30/al-qaidah-in-the-arabian-peninsulas-al-mala%E1%B8%A5im-media-releases-inspire-magazine-issue-11/.

Al-Shabab statement on Charlie Hebdo and Kosher deli attacks, January 21, 2015

“We encourage all Muslims, specifically the sons of Tawheed living in Europe, to follow in the footsteps of their brothers… We...thank our brothers, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who have been—and continue to be—the pioneers of external operations that target the heart of the Crusader enemies…”Feisal Omar, “Somali Islamist militants praise strikes at 'heart of Crusader',” Reuters, January 21, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/21/us-somalia-france-attacks-idUSKBN0KU1KC20150121.

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

“So now when we look at the state of the Americans and Europeans, we see that they are in a state of war with us because of their participation in elections that choose governments that wage war against Muslims. They are in a state of war with us because their governments kill our brothers in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq. These governments fight those who want to establish shari‘ah law. Thus we target them because they are disbelievers and because of their war against us. They are in a state of war with us and they are not in a state of covenant since their governments have not seized their aggression against Muslims. We cannot call them ahl adh-dhimma (people of dhimma) because they do not fulfill the requirements of the dhimma status (rights of residence for non-Muslims under sharia law, when jizya tax is paid). Based on what is mentioned above, it is legitimate to target the people of the West and we have no doubts about its legitimacy.” “Q&A with Shaykh Adil al-Abbab,” Inspire Magazine 4 (2010): 21.

Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij, August 20, 2014

“The West’s cultural invasion is not merely against the Iranian nation and it also includes their own nations (in Europe) as they intend to separate not just our, but also their own nations from ethics and morality because if the European and US nations live an ethics-based life, they won't accept the Zionists’ cruelties so easily.”“Basij Commander: European Race on Brink of Extinction,” Fars News Agency, August 20, 2014, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930529000571.

Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij, August 20, 2014

“The result of institutionalization of corruption in the West is that their race is becoming extinct in such a way that history books should write 100 years later that a race named the European race existed on the Earth some time ago.”“Basij Commander: European Race on Brink of Extinction,” Fars News Agency, August 20, 2014, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930529000571.

Abu Ayman al-Iraqi, April 2014

On Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Yes, he is godless and an apostate. He does not rule in God’s name, but in the name of a fake constitution.” (From a phone call between al-Iraqi and his enemy, a Syrian rebel commander) Mike Giglio, “A Late-Night Phone Call Between One of Syria’s Top Extremists And His Sworn Enemy,” BuzzFeed News, April 3, 2014, http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/a-late-night-phone-call-between-one-of-syrias-top-extremists#.wgA5eEyo8d.

Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij, March 27, 2014

“Whenever there is a slaughter, the footprint of the European governments, including Britain, can be readily seen.”“Commander: Basij to Hold Exhibition on EU Human Rights Violations,” Fars News Agency, March 17, 2014, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921226000544.

Ali Khamenei, May 10, 2010

“The European races are barbaric. They wear freshly pressed suits and ties, and they smell of eau de cologne, but deep down, they still have the same barbaric nature known from history. They kill with ease. They murder people without any problem. Therefore, beating women in their homes is of no consequence to the [Europeans] and Americans, whereas in an Islamic environment, it is unimaginable.”“Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: The European Races Are Barbaric Races,” MEMRI, May 10, 2013, http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/3844.htm.

Abdelmalek Droukdel, July 1, 2008

“European government started judging the Muslims about their intentions and their sympathy with the Muslims’ causes. This comes from the crusade’s religious hate that moves the West, and that blew up all the bright slogans that they hold dear, such as freedom, forgiveness, human rights and justice, those slogans that they hurt our hearing with for years.” “An Interview With Abdelmalek Droukdal,” New York Times, July 1, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/world/africa/01transcript-droukdal.html.