Abdelmalouk Droukdal, AQIM Leader, July 1, 2008

“God says, “And fight them on until there is no more persecution, and religion becomes God’s in its entirety.” (Chapter 8, Verse 39) Our first goal is the arbitration of the Lord of the world’s law, and the achievement of the servitude to God.”“An Interview With Abdelmalek Droukdal,” New York Times, July 1, 2008,

Abdelmalouk Droukdal, AQIM Leader, July 1, 2008

“[W]e want to bring back the place of Islam in the country and the ruling of the Koran over the people.”“An Interview With Abdelmalek Droukdal,” New York Times, July 1, 2008,

AQIM Statement, September 9, 2007

“We swear to God to continue sacrificing our lives until you stop supporting the crusaders in their war, apply the Islamic tenet and stop your war against God’s religion.”“Group with Ties to Al Qaeda Says It Was behind Blasts in Algeria,” New York Times, September 10, 2007,

Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, July 13, 2013

“We thank the mujahideens that carried out the attack. We are sending a message to Uganda and Burundi, if they do not take out their AMISOM troops from Somalia, blasts will continue and it will happen in Bujumbra too.”“Uganda: Somali militants claim bomb attacks,” Afronline: The Voice of Africa, 13 July 2010,

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, March 2015

“[Claiming responsibility for the shootout attack in Mali’s capital that killed five: This attack was a reprisal attack] against the heathen West which has offended our prophet.”Associated Press, “3 dead, 12 wounded in attack on UN base in Mali,” Fox News, March 8, 2015,

Masked ISIS fighter, February 15, 2015, “A Message Signed with Blood to the Nation of the Cross,” video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya

“O people, recently, you've seen us on the hills of al-Sham and Dabiq's plain, chopping off the heads that have been carrying the cross for a long time, filled with spite against Islam and Muslims. And today, we are on the south of Rome, on the land of Islam, Libya, sending another message… Therefore, we will fight you all together, until the war lays down its burdens and Jesus, peace be upon him, will descend, breaking the cross, killing the swine, and abolishing jizya [non-Muslim tax]. And the sea you've hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden's body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”“IS Releases Video Showing the Beheading of Kidnapped Egyptian Christians in Libya,” INSITE Blog on Terrorism & Extremism, February 15, 2015,

Masked ISIS Fighter, a.k.a “Jihadi John,” January 31, 2015, in “A Message to the Government of Japan,” video showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

“To the Japanese government: You, like your foolish allies in the Satanic coalition, have yet to understand that we, by Allah's grace, are an Islamic Caliphate with authority and power, an entire army thirsty for your blood… Abe, because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”“Analysis: The Islamic State Beheads Kenji Goto Jogo,” INSITE Blog on Terrorism & Extremism, February 1, 2015,

Masked ISIS Fighter, January 26, 2015, in “Bombardment of Peaceful Muslims in the City of Mosul,” video showing the beheading of a Kurdish soldier

“This is the fate of anyone who opposes Islam. Know, oh Obama, that we will reach America. Know also that we will cut off your head in the White House and transform America into a Muslim province. And this is my message to France and its sister, Belgium. We advise you that we will come to you with car bombs and explosive charges and we will cut off your heads…

“But as for you, oh Masoud [Kurdistan President Barzani], you dog, we are going to behead you and throw you into the trash bin of history. Know that we are men who fear no one. We will institute the laws of Allah, may he be exalted and praised. This is one of your soldiers' fate, and every time you launch a missile, we will send you back the head of one of your soldiers. You are killing children and bombarding civilians, while claiming that this is forbidden in your constitution."“ISIS Beheads Kurdish Fighter, Threatens to Behead Obama, Kurdistan President Barzani, Detonate Car Bombs In France, Belgium,” MEMRI Jihad & Terrorist Threat Monitor, January 26, 2015,

“Eid Greetings From the Land of the Caliphate,” Video released by al-Hayat Media Center, August 2, 2014

“I congratulate Amirul-Mu’minin Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And congratulate ourselves on the khilafah [caliphate]. Congratulations to us on the triumphs and great victories. We ask Allah to protect you. By Allah, we love you for Allah’s sake. I say to [my family], perform hijrah [migration] to these lands that are ruled by Islam. Hijrah is now obligatory upon every Muslim. It is obligatory now because we are in the shade of Islam and rule by Allah’s Shari’ah.”

“The Shari’ah of our Lord is light, by it we rise over the stars. By it we live without humiliation, a life of peace and security.”Aaron Y. Zelin, “al-Ḥayāt Media Center presents a new video message from The Islamic State: “‘Īd Greetings From the Land Of the Caliphate”Jihadology, August 2, 2014,

Disguised ISIS fighter, August 2014, in “A Second Message to America” video showing beheading of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff

“I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and [unclear] on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people... We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone.”“IS Behead Steven Joel Sotloff, Threatens to Execute Briton David Cawthorne Haines | Jihadist News,” SITE Monitoring Group, last modified September 2, 2014,