“[I]f there is fighting between the crusaders, the Safavids, and the secularists, and any group from the Muslims and the mujahideen, including the group of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and those with him, then our only choice is to stand with the Muslim mujahideen, even if they are unjust to us.”Tim Lister, “Al Qaeda leader to ISIS: You’re wrong, but we can work together,” CNN, September 15, 2015, http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/middleeast/al-zawahiri-al-qaeda-isis-olive-branch/.
“De-radicalization means making people less Islamic, more Western, more secular.”“Dr Abdul Wahid: Expose and Challenge CTS / Prevent Policy,” YouTube video, 6:00, posted by “Hizb ut Tahrir Britain,” uploaded May 27, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9AcHspQwr8&feature=youtu.be.
Claiming responsibility for the murder of numerous secular bloggers and professors:
“…These assassinations are part of a series of operations initiated by the different branches of al-Qaida on the directions of our respected leader Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri and it is equally part of our commitment to fulfill the oath of Sheikh Osama [bin Laden].”Ellen Barry, “Al Qaeda Branch Claims Responsibility for Bangladeshi Blogger’s Killing,” New York Times, May 3, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/world/asia/bangladesh-al-qaeda-indian-subcontinent-attack-on-bloggers.html.
“O youth, beware of foreign words and symbols of infidels on our clothes.”“Just don’t do it: ISIS bans Nike sports brand,” Al Arabiya News, April 25, 2015, http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2015/04/25/Just-don-t-do-it-ISIS-bans-Nike-sports-brand.html.
“[B]y this unity [merging with al-Qaeda] we brought grief and sorrow to our enemies the Jews and apostates and crusaders.”“An Interview With Abdelmalek Droukdal,” New York Times, July 1, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/world/africa/01transcript-droukdal.html.
“We sacrifice our souls and blood to defend you [Muslims] and to protect you from the sons of France and the agents of America. Our nation must know that we are in a war against the apostates and their crusader masters.”“An Interview With Abdelmalek Droukdal,” New York Times, July 1, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/world/africa/01transcript-droukdal.html.
In a video release announcing the formation of AQIS:
“Your brothers in Qaedat al-Jihad did not forget you and that they are doing what they can to rescue you from injustice, oppression, persecution, and suffering.”Bill Roggio, “Al Qaeda Opens Branch in the ‘Indian Subcontinent,’” Long War Journal, September 3, 2014, http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/09/al_qaeda_opens_branc.php.
“Our objective is to enforce Allah’s system in Allah’s universe.”Bill Roggio, “IMU Cleric Urges Pakistanis to Continue Sheltering Jihadis in Waziristan,” Long War Journal, November 23, 2011, https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/11/imu_cleric_urges_pak.php.
“We have a specific task to establish God’s rule on the basis of our faith. This is our true and effective way to escape all our internal and foreign problems, whether political, economic, social or cultural.”Dr. Sayed Mahmoud Al-Qumni, “The Muslim Brotherhood's Initiative as a Reform Program: A Critical Review,” The Brookings Institution, October 2004, 5, http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Events/2004/10/05-islamic-world/cairopaper1.pdf?la=en.
“Democracy contradicts and wages war on Islam. Whoever calls for democracy means they are raising banners contradicting God’s plan and fighting Islam.”Lorenzo Vidino, The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 58.
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