Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, September 11, 2004

“My nation, the nation of the sword and the pen, why is it that your sword is now broken and your pen has been laid down? You used to be prouder than the stars, and you have now become downtrodden under the feet of the invaders and under the hooves of the usurpers' horses. My dear nation - my words to you today are laden with sorrow. Don't you hear the serpents' hissing as they wind their way in the darkness of your apathy in order to assassinate your dawn? … Let me tell you about our state of affairs, for we are at a turning point, so that you may understand the right course and combine forces, lest we regret, and this is no time for regrets. Both those who are far away and those who are near acknowledge the truth of the tri-partite Satanic coalition of heresy and deceit in the land of the two rivers. The first are the Americans who carry the banner of the cross; the second are the Kurds through their pashmerga forces… which are reinforced by Jewish military cadres; the third are the Shi’ites, the Sunnis’ enemies...”

“[The mujahideen] are the ones who made the international coalition drink the draught of humiliation, and they have struck them blows that will not quickly be forgotten, and they have taught them lessons which are still seared on their skin, and they are still convulsing from the pains of these lessons - lessons which lowered their flags to half-mast and shook their feet and confused their thoughts until fright wormed its way into their joints, and the worm of despair bored into their bones. It could not be otherwise, for our heroes massacred them, to the point where they saw the cowardice of the American soldier.”

“O young Islamic man in Iraq and in all Muslim countries, you who are perplexed and seeking life, you who yearn to come to the aid of the religion of Allah, you who offer your life to your Lord, here is guidance to the right path, here is wisdom and probity, here is the ecstasy of self-sacrifice and the pleasure of Jihad…”

“As for you, fighters who came from afar, by Allah, missions of da'wa [the propagation of Islam] have never been a road lined with roses and sweet basil; the price of da'wa missions is heavy, and the price of bringing principles to the land of reality is a lot of torn limbs and blood. The light of dawn shall not be lit in this darkness save by Jihad fighters and shahids (martyrs).“Al-Zarqawi’s Message to the Fighters of Jihad in Iraq on September 11, 2004,” The Middle East Media Research Institute, September 15, 2004,

Al-Dabiq, ISIS Magazine, date unknown

“[Obama’s] decisions also expose the hypocritical politics of America that only serve the interests of their Jewish ally, Israel, and their own capitalist gluttony. So while genocide is committed by the Maliki, Asadi, and Israeli forces against the Muslims via systematic massacres, chemical warfare, rape, and starvation by siege, Obama watches with euphoria.”“In the Words of the Enemy,” Dabiq, no. 3 (2014), 35, See “The Islamic State’s (ISIS, ISIL) Magazine,” Clarion Project, September 10, 2014,

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, AQAP Official, January 2015

“If he is capable to wage individual jihad in the Western countries that fight Islam... then that is better and more harmful… We have made efforts in external work, and the enemy knows the danger of that... We are preparing and lurking for the enemies of Allah. We incite the believers to do that.”“Yemen's Al Qaeda Renews Calls for Lone-Wolf Attacks in West,” Reuters, January 21, 2015,

AQAP’s Inspire Magazine, December 24, 2014

“The first priority and the main focus should be on America, then the United Kingdom, then France… The Lions of Allah who are all over the globe—some call them lone wolves—should know that they are the West's worst nightmare.”“Extremism and Terrorism,” Anti-Defamation League, December 24, 2014,

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, AQAP ideologue, January 14, 2015

Claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attacks: “As for the blessed Battle of Paris, we...claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the Messenger of God. [The] one who chose the target, laid the plan and financed the operation is the leadership of the organization [sic].”Sami Aboudi, “Al Qaeda claims French attack, derides Paris rally,” Reuters, January 14, 2014, <a http:="""" article="" 2015="" 01="" 14="" us-france-shooting-aqap-iduskbn0kn0vo20150114"="">

Ismail al-Wahwah, Leader of HT Australia, January 2015

In response to the Charlie Hebdo attack in France and “pressure” from the West against Islam:
“Woe, time and gain, to all those who point the finger at any pressure when it gets a blast from the Muslims, regardless of size… For the accusation is ready; You justify the explosion, you justify terrorism.”Taylor Auerbach, “Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks a ‘cure,’ says leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia Ismail Alwahwah,” Daily Telegraph (Sydney), January 13, 2015,; Ismail Alwahwah, “Commentary on Charlie Hebdo and the Physical Law of Compression,” Proposition Revival, January 10, 2015,

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, December 2014

Regarding the American hostage Luke Somers: “We give the American government a timeframe of three days from the issuance of this statement to meet our demands about which they are aware; otherwise, the American hostage held by us will meet his inevitable fate.” “U.S. Discloses Failed Attempt to Rescue American in Yemen,” Reuters, December 4, 2014,

Hallie Sheikh, Tweet, December 2014

"Australia is a shit country I hear they are slaughtering pigs and putting it in front of masjids and writhing graffiti on masjids!"CEP, “EXTREMIST REACTION TO #SYDNEYSIEGE,” Storify, December 2014,

Usama Mahmoud, November 3, 2014

In an official AQIS statement released via Twitter:
“The attack on Iraq and Syria is not against a particular group or organization. Instead it’s an attack on [the] entire Ummah [worldwide community of Muslims] aiming to terminate every Islamic and Jihadi movement which aims to stand against the tyranny and believes in the establishment of Shari’ah.”Thomas Joscelyn, “Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Calls for Jihadist Unity against US-led Coalition,” Long War Journal, November 4, 2014,

Mohammed Hamzah Khan, Letter to his parents before his departure, October 2014

Letter to his parents before his departure:

“We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day. I extend an invitation to my family to join me in the Islamic States. True, it is getting bombed, but let us not forget that we didn’t come to this world for comfort.”Kevin Sullivan, “Three American teens, recruited online, are caught trying to join Islamic State,” Washington Post, December 8, 2014,