Anti-Shiite

Qasim al-Raymi, Emir (leader) of AQAP, November 21, 2014

Addressing the Houthis: “You have to know that the mosques of Muslims that you blew up along with their homes and schools will not just pass unnoticed and you will pay the price dearly. The account is long and it has not yet been opened. So be prepared to pay for it with your souls and selves. Do you think that your crimes will pass by without judgment or punishment?”“Yemen’s AQAP Says Houthis Will Pay for Push into Country,” Reuters, November 21, 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/21/us-yemen-qaeda-warning-idUSKCN0J518B20141121.

Said al-Shihri, Former Deputy AQAP Leader, August 2010

“The Jews and apostates from the rulers of the Peninsula are in an alliance that was set up by America. Iran and their Arab Shi'i supporters in the region are another alliance…”Murad Batal Al-Shishani, “Al-Qaeda’s Sa’id Al-Shihri Seeks to Revolutionize the Saudi Military,” Jamestown Foundation, Terrorism Monitor 8, no. 34 (2010): 3-4.

Ibrahim al-Rubaish, Senior Cleric, October 2009

“If the Houthis were to win the war against the government, they would then have to deal with the Sunnis on numerous occasions that history will recall. We ask God to allow the defeat of the [Shi‘a] rejectionists by the army and vice versa so that the Sunnis prevail.”Alistair Harris, “Exploiting Grievances: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 2010, 7, http://carnegieendowment.org/files/exploiting_grievances.pdf.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, November 10, 2005

“In these blessed days, in which the lions of monotheism are fighting against the might of the Crusader infidel and the treachery of the Shiites on the lands of Mesopotamia, and write sagas of pride in times of desperation and displacement. [sic]” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228..

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, September 11, 2005

“The Organization of Al-Qa’ida in Mesopotamia has decided…to announce all-out warfare against the Shiites in Iraq, wherever they may be found, tit for tat, for it is you who started this [sic]. Take care, for we swear that we shall offer you no mercy…” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, April 6, 2004

“I come back and again say that the only solution is for us to strike the religious, military, and other cadres among the Shi’a with blow after blow until they bend to the Sunnis.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, February 12, 2004

“As for the Shi’a, we will hurt them, God willing, through martyrdom operations and car bombs.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Date Undetermined

“[Shi’ites] are a people of treachery and cowardice. They are arrogant only with the weak and can attack only the broken-winged. Most of the Sunnis are aware of the danger of these people, watch their sides, and fear the consequences of empowering them.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Date Undetermined

“They, i.e., the Shi’a, have declared a secret war against the people of Islam. They are the proximate, dangerous enemy of the Sunnis, even if the Americans are also an archenemy. The danger from the Shi’a, however, is greater and their damage is worse and more destructive to the [Islamic] nation than the Americans, on whom you find a quasi-consensus about killing them as an assailing enemy.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Date Undetermined

“We are striving urgently and racing against time to create companies of mujahidin that will repair to secure places and strive to reconnoiter the country, hunting the enemy – Americans, police, and soldiers – on the roads and lanes. We are continuing to train and multiply them. As for the Shi’a, we will hurt them, God willing, through martyrdom operations and car bombs.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.