Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, ISIS spokesman, August 15, 2011

“Do not worry, the days of Zarqawi are going to return soon…We have men who have divorced themselves from life and love death more than you love life, and killing is one of their wishes.”Michael S. Schmidt, “Threat Resurges in Deadliest Day of Year for Iraq,” New York Times, August 15, 2011,

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, Issue 3, date unknown

“May Allah grant success to the lions of the Islamic State and continue to disgrace and humiliate the ­lthy Ra­dah and their allies.”al-Ḥayāt Media Center presents a new issue of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām’s magazine: “Islamic State Report #3,″ Jihadology,

Abu Ahmed, December 2012

“Our faith is very strong and we're not afraid of death, of becoming martyrs. This is what drives us, what makes us brave. We will not stop until the regime falls. And I advise all my people to be good Muslims to help win this war.” Balint Szlanko, “Jabhat Al Nusra’s ew Syria,” National (Abu Dhabi), December 15, 2012,

Abu Ahmed, On al-Qaeda, December 2012

“I like them because they are mujaheddin who want to apply Sharia.” Balint Szlanko, “Jabhat Al Nusra’s ew Syria,” National (Abu Dhabi), December 15, 2012,

Abu Ahmed, December 2012

“We are underdeveloped now because we left the path of Allah. Perhaps this is why this war is so cruel: as a punishment for our sins.” Balint Szlanko, “Jabhat Al Nusra’s ew Syria,” National (Abu Dhabi), December 15, 2012,

Abu Ahmed, December 2012

“Our first goal is to get rid of Assad. Then we want a state where the Quran is the only source of law. Sharia is the right path for all humanity - all other laws make people unhappy.”Balint Szlanko, “Jabhat Al Nusra’s ew Syria,” National (Abu Dhabi), December 15, 2012,

Abu Ahmed, December 2012

“We don't want to leave modernity behind. We will not get out of our cars and ride donkeys from now on. We simply want our judges to apply Sharia [law] and not the civil code.”Balint Szlanko, “Jabhat Al Nusra’s ew Syria,” National (Abu Dhabi), December 15, 2012,

Al-Nusra Front Statement, August 3, 2012

“Perhaps this operation [kidnapping and killing of Syrian state television presenter Mohammed al-Saeed] and others will serve as an example to all who support this tyrannical regime, so that they may repent to God. Otherwise, the swords of the mujahideen will cut off their heads and purify the Levant (Syria) from their obscenity.”“Militant Group Claims Kidnap, Killing of Syrian TV Presenter,” Reuters, August 5, 2012,

Qasem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC-QF, February 13, 2015

“Today we see signs of the Islamic Revolution being exported throughout the region, from Bahrain to Iraq and from Syria to Yemen and North Africa.”“Soleimani says ISIL is close to its end,” Tehran Times, February 13, 2015,