Anti-Western

Abu Ayman al-Iraqi, April 2014

“I might get hit by a mortar and be killed, and you might live longer than me, but remember my words. They [the West] will use you, and they will unite you with Bashar’s army, and with an interim government, and they will promise you seats in parliament, and such things — the same as they did with the Sunnis in Iraq. The West will sell you cheap. They sold your grandfathers and our grandfathers. And for hundreds of years the West has been controlling us, and they keep these tyrants over our heads. As if it were us who committed the al-Houla massacre, or did the chemical weapons attack, or raped the women in Bashar’s prisons. You forgot about Bashar, and now you came to fight us in earnest, and in the end, you and the [Alawites] will hug each other. You serve this project without knowing. Your army and Bashar’s army will unify to ‘counter terrorism’ — which is us. You will kill us and we will kill you. We have no other options — either you cleanse us or we cleanse you, because the decision is not yours.” (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.

Abu Ayman al-Iraqi, April 2014

Asserting that Syrian rebels are American agents: “The West has understood the game. They won’t send anyone whose name is William or Benjamin. They’ll send people named Ahmed and Mohamed and Abdullah. The American soldier is expensive, so they will use people from among us — and this is the truth of the battle, they will use you — in the fight against us.” (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.

Ibrahim al-Rubaish, Senior AQAP Cleric, Spring 2014

“And if he does not find any, he will wage Jihad alone wherever he is. Thereupon, America will not only fear the Afghani soldiers, but she will also be haunted by fear wherever her interests are. She will also fear the homegrown Muslims, and even American reverts. Everyone of those will be considered a time bomb which may blow up anytime, during a soccer game, a car race, or in a club.”Ibrahim Ar-Rubaysh, “The Crusade and the Swap of Stances,” Inspire 12 (2014): 26.

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, former leader, March 2014

“O brothers, the Crusader enemy is still shuffling his papers, so we must remember that we are always fighting the biggest enemy, the leaders of disbelief, and we have to overthrow those leaders, we have to remove the Cross, and the carrier of the Cross is America…”Thomas Joscelyn, “Al-Qaeda’s General Manager Threatens America in Video of Large Gathering,” Long War Journal, April 17, 2014, http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/04/a_video_released_by.php#.

Ibrahim al-Rubaish, Senior AQAP Cleric, Spring 2014

“With time Al-Qaeda may disappear. Not that Jihad has ceased, but the whole Ummah will be waging Jihad. Every Muslim will see that it is his obligation to fight with all his power against America. Just like when he hears the adhan [Islamic call to prayer] he makes wudhu (preparation for formal prayers) and goes to the nearest Jama’ah [group of worshippers], if he does not find Jama’ah he prays alone wherever he is. The same way when he hears the call of Jihad against America, he will strive to answer it by joining the nearest Jihadi group.”Ibrahim Ar-Rubaysh, “The Crusade and the Swap of Stances,” Inspire 12 (2014): 26.

Ibrahim al-Rubaish, Senior AQAP Cleric, Spring 2014

“The unmanned drones propel the Jihad against the crusaders. They make the issue clearer to Muslims. They drive them to take on the path of Jihad. While Obama thinks he is killing Al-Qaeda, he is actually building an army which he will fight against eventually.”Ibrahim Ar-Rubaysh, “The Crusade and the Swap of Stances,” Inspire 12 (2014): 26.

Hani al-Sibai, February 7, 2014

“The (Tunisian rulers) love the taste of blood. They offer it as a sacrifice to get closer to their Great Satan – the US and the West.”“London-Based Islamist Hani Al-Siba'i: France Loves the Taste of Muslim Blood,” YouTube, March 5, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nCPeyAbgUw.

Ahmad Musa Jibril, January 26, 2014, Tweet

“If the West or their slaves are pleased with you, then something is seriously wrong with you.” (Tweet)Ahmad Musa Jibril, Twitter post, January 26, 2014, 10:38 p.m. https://twitter.com/ahmadmusajibril/status/427646819120586752.

AAH statement, September 6, 2013

“[Action against Syria] will set the region on fire. The interests of the Western countries will not be saved from this fire.”“State Dept. orders personnel to leave Lebanon, Turkey,” Al Jazeera, September 6, 2013, http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/6/state-departmenturgescitizenstoleavelebanonturkey.html.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, August 22, 2013

“We say to France and its allies in the region ... the Mujahideen have met and agreed to defeat your armies and destroy your plans and projects.”“Sahara jihadist groups merge, threaten French interests – report,” Reuters, August 22, 2013, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/22/northafrica-islamists-idUSL6N0GN2OQ20130822.