Anti-Western

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

“In the case of the United States, both the government and private citizens should be targeted. America and Americans are the Imam’s of kufr in this day and age. The American people who vote for war mongering governments are intent on no good. Anyone who inflicts harm on them in any form is doing a favor to the ummah.” Anwar al-Awlaki, “The Ruling on Dispossessing the Disbelievers wealth in Dar al-Harb,” Inspire Magazine 4 (2010): 59

Adil al-Abab, Former Chief Religious Cleric, Winter 2010

"The Jews and the Christians have attacked the Muslim nation in order to suppress their identity, uproot them, violate their honor and steal their wealth. When the Muslims stood up to defend themselves, to protect their holy places, and to establish the rule of Allah on land, the armies of tyrants fought against them in the name of the war on terror which is in reality a war on Islam. So can one say that these armies cannot be targeted?""Q&A with Shaykh Adil al-Abbab," Inspire Magazine 4 (2010): 21.

Ibrahim al-Banna, Former Head of Media, November 2010

“[T]here is a small band of mujahidin who are putting the nose of America in the dirt even though they do not possess the means that are available to the traitor governments. Dear Muslim hasten to join the ranks of the mujahidin or to form cells to perform operations against the disbelievers in their own land. We are paying back America for only a small portion of what they do to our nation (sic).”Ibrahim al-Banna, “Tawaghit Exposed,” Inspire Magazine 3 (2010): 11.

Ibrahim al-Banna, Former Head of Media, November 2010

“The operation of the explosive packages which was performed by the mujahidin of the Arabian Peninsula against the companies of air freight belonging to the disbelieving nations is our right... It is a response to the continuous support to the usurping Jews who are invading Jerusalem and are blockading Gaza.”Ibrahim al-Banna, “Tawaghit Exposed,” Inspire Magazine 3 (2010): 10.

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

“Know…that the upcoming war is a war against Islam and the Sunni Muslims in the Arabian Peninsula and the Sham [Levant]. Treaties and alliances have been formed for that. The Jews want to build the Temple of Solomon and the state of Israel…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… It is expected that the Jews will begin the war against Iran, in which the battlefield will be the Peninsula and its citizens. The Jews are in the Sham and Iran in the Peninsula… [Saudi soldiers] Disavow your support for the tyrant, the agent of the Crusader campaign in the region, which places you in the realm of non-belief…”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.

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

“The West has started this war and it will turn colossal. The West is awakening a sleeping giant…Anwar al-Awlaki, “May Our Souls Be Sacrificed For You!” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 27-28

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

“The entire Western system is staunchly protecting and promoting the defamation of Muhammad and therefore, it is the entire Western system that is at war with Islam. Assassinations, bombings, and acts of arson are all legitimate forms of revenge against a system that relishes the sacrilege of Islam in the name of freedom.”Anwar al-Awlaki, “May Our Souls Be Sacrificed For You!” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 27-28

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, former leader, Summer 2010

“To answer your question on how serious the danger of AQAP is, I say that wherever there are mujahidin, there is danger awaiting the disbelievers. The mujahidin are one body and if one of them is somewhere you would find fear and terror spreading in that place… My advice to my Muslim brothers in the West is to acquire weapons and learn methods of war. They are living in a place where they can cause great harm to the enemy and where they can support the Messenger of Allah.”“Interview with Shaykh Abu Basir: the Head of al-Qa’idah in the Arabian Peninsula,” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 14-17.

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, former leader, Summer 2010

“My advice to my Muslim brothers in the West is to acquire weapons and learn methods of war. They are living in a place where they can cause great harm to the enemy and where they can support the Messenger of Allah. The successful means are through explosive devices and sacrificing souls. That is a more pronounced and successful way of defending him and this is a practice started by the Taliban of Pakistan, Nidal Hassan, and ‘Umar al-Faruq, may Allah release them and on this path are men who are coming to you by the will of Allah.

“O Muslims rise up in defense of your Messenger: a man with his knife, a man with his gun, a man with his rifle, a man with his bomb, by learning how to design explosive devices, by burning down forests and buildings, or by running over them with your cars and trucks. The means of harming them are many so seek assistance from Allah and do not be weak and you will find a way. The rights of the Messenger of Allah upon us are great and it is nothing for all of us to die for his sake; may our mothers be bereaved of us if we do not defend him.

“O Muslims you have no excuse in front of Allah except if you fight in defense of his Messenger. If you cannot fight, then you should emigrate from the land where he is being cursed because such a land is awaiting the wrath of Allah. Especially that the Messenger of Allah discouraged living amongst the disbelievers so how about living at ease amongst them when the Messenger of Allah is being attacked and you do nothing to defend him or leave the land where he is being cursed? What will you answer your Lord on the Day of Judgment?”“Interview with Shaykh Abu Basir: the Head of al-Qa’idah in the Arabian Peninsula,” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 17.

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

“Whenever the [Muhammad cartoon] affair calms down, someone somewhere in the Western world is sure to flare it up again. From 2005 onwards the cycle of offense is unabated. What the West is failing to realize is that these attacks are also serving as a mobilizing factor for the Muslims and are bringing more and more Muslims to the realization that jihad against the West is the only realistic solution for this problem along with a host of other problems that cannot be cured without fighting in the path of Allah.”Anwar al-Awlaki, “May Our Souls Be Sacrificed For You!” Inspire Magazine 1 (2010): 27-28