Anti-Western

Anwar al-Awlaki, Former Senior AQAP Media Official, Summer 2010

“[T]here were some completely misguided efforts [in response to cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad] such as those of some of the callers to Islam who paid a visit to Denmark along with young Muslim boys and girls to start a dialogue in order to build bridges of understanding between the Muslims and the people of Denmark! It is not enough to have the intention of doing good. One must do good in the proper way. So what is the proper solution to this growing campaign of defamation?”Anwar al-Awlaki, “May Our Souls Be Sacrificed For You!” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 27-28

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, former leader, Summer 2010

“All praise due to Allah. America is the one forcing us to target it. These heinous crimes which the human soul rejects such as the cartoons of the Messenger and holding celebrations and awarding those who curse the Prophet require us to target the Americans. In fact they require us to wipe them out of the map completely. America is a cancer that needs to be removed along with the West that is supporting this criminal behavior and are banning the niqab of the chaste and pure Muslim women.”“Interview with Shaykh Abu Basir: the Head of al-Qa’idah in the Arabian Peninsula,” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 13-17.

Adam Gadahn, Al-Qaeda Spokesman, April 7, 2010

“As you start to make your plans, you shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that military bases are the only high-value targets in America and the West. On the contrary, there are countless other strategic places, institutions and installations which, by striking, the Muslim can do major damage to the Crusader West and further our global agenda and long-range strategic objectives… We must keep in mind how even apparently unsuccessful attacks on Western mass transportation systems can bring major cities to a halt, cost the enemy billions and send his corporations into bankruptcy.”“Adam Gadahn: “Al Qaeda’s American Voice,” Anti-Defamation League, accessed March 16, 2015, http://archive.adl.org/terrorism/profiles/adam_gadahn/words.html?m_flipmode=2.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, operational commander of the Haqqani network, 2010

“Our Mujahedeen were not involved in the attacks, but we are happy that they took place because all foreigners who come to our country are working for the continuity of the current occupation and they help the crusaders in various areas and issues.”“Excerpts of Interviews with Sirajuddin Haqqani,” Anand Gopal, accessed April 20, 2015, http://anandgopal.com/excerpts-of-interviews-with-sirajuddin-haqqani/.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, operational commander of the Haqqani network, 2010

“When we have the direction of Islam with us, we do not need the spoiled and filthy civilization of the West to tell us about women’s education.”“Excerpts of Interviews with Sirajuddin Haqqani,” Anand Gopal, accessed April 20, 2015, http://anandgopal.com/excerpts-of-interviews-with-sirajuddin-haqqani/.

Abdelmalek Droukdel, July 1, 2008

“[M]ost of the Muslims including those residing in Europe are against the crusade war lead by America, and they hate the Arab regimes that are working as agents and that crushed their people and sold the Palestinian cause in the give-up market.” “An Interview With Abdelmalek Droukdal,” New York Times, July 1, 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/world/africa/01transcript-droukdal.html.

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.

Adam Gadahn, Al-Qaeda Spokesman, July 8, 2006

“I’m not saying that we should go and slaughter their women and children one by one, like they did ours, at Haditha, and Ishaqi, and Mahmudiya, and God knows where else, even if some of our legal experts have permitted that…But what I am saying is that when we bomb their cities and civilians, like they bomb ours, or destroy their infrastructure and means of transportation, like they destroy ours, or kidnap their non-combatants, like they kidnap ours, no sane Muslim should shed tears for them.”“Adam Gadahn: “Al Qaeda’s American Voice,” Anti-Defamation League, accessed March 16, 2015, http://archive.adl.org/terrorism/profiles/adam_gadahn/words.html?m_flipmode=2.

Osama bin Laden, Founder of Al-Qaeda, July 2006

“Oh Muslims everywhere, I call on you to fight and become martyrs in the war against the Zionists and the crusaders...The war with Israel does not depend on ceasefires... It is a jihad for God's sake and will last until religion prevails...from Spain to Iraq.”“Ayman al-Zawahiri: In His Own Words,” Anti-Defamation League, July 16, 2009, http://archive.adl.org/main_terrorism/ayman+al-zawahiri250d-2.html#.U469h5RdXMc.

Ali Khamenei, February 7, 2006

“Western countries allow no freedom of expression, which they claim to advocate, with regard to the myth of the massacre of Jews known as the holocaust, and nobody in the West enjoys the freedom of expression to deny it or raise doubts about it. But affronting the sanctities of about 1.5 billion Muslims is permissible in the West.” “Leader Receives Air Force Servicemen,” Office of the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, February 7, 2006, http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/?p=contentShow&id=3500.