Pro-Violence

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, September 14, 2005

“The Mujahideen… convey that the Cross Worshipers have received a big blow and are tasting the humiliation at the hand of the Mujahideen. Martyrdom operations are ongoing at Tal-Afar; in addition to planting explosive devices, and luring the enemy into street fights avoiding civilian casualties between Muslim women and children.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Adam Gadahn, Al-Qaeda Spokesman, September 11, 2005

“Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Allah willing. And this time, don’t count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion… [W]e love nothing better than the heat of battle, the echo of explosions, and slitting the throats of the infidels.”“Adam Gadahn: “Al Qaeda’s American Voice,” Anti-Defamation League, accessed March 16, 2015, http://archive.adl.org/terrorism/profiles/adam_gadahn/words.html?m_flipmode=2.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Leader, September 11, 2005

“The latest raid on the Crusaders’ homes was the blessed raid on London [the London bombings], which was a slap in the face to British Crusader arrogance, after the mujaheed lion of Islam, Sheikh Osama bin Laden, may Allah protect him, had offered the peoples of the West a truce, if they leave the countries of Islam, but their arrogance drove them to crime, and their conceited foreign secretary, Jack Straw, said that these proposals should be treated with contempt. So let them pay the price of their government’s filth and arrogance.”David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 196-197.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, September 11, 2005

“The Organization of Al-Qa’ida in Mesopotamia has decided…to announce all-out warfare against the Shiites in Iraq, wherever they may be found, tit for tat, for it is you who started this [sic]. Take care, for we swear that we shall offer you no mercy…” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

PIJ statement in response to Israel’s killing of two PIJ terrorists, September 2005

“After this crime, we reiterate that there will be no security for the residents of Sederot and Ashkelon.”Greg Myre, “Islamic Jihad’s Vow to Cease Rocket Fire Ends Hours Later,” New York Times, October 31, 2005, http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/31/international/middleeast/31mideast.html.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, July 14, 2005

“Not only did I adopt the idea that [suicide operations] are permissible, but I see fit to advocate them as commendable.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.

Hani al-Sibai, July 8, 2005

“If Al Qaeda indeed carried out this act, it is a great victory. It rubbed the noses of the world's eight most powerful countries in the mud.”Don Van Natta Jr. and Stephen Grey, “Investigators Are Clear Who Carried Bombs, but Have Far to Go to Explain More,” New York Times, July 18, 2005, http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/18/international/europe/18intel.html.

Abu Musab Al Suri, Al-Qaeda Operations Head, July 2005

In a statement released after the July 2005 bombings: “[In my teachings] I have mentioned vital and legitimate targets to be hit in the enemy’s countries … Among those targets that I specifically mentioned as examples was the London Underground. [Targeting this] was and still is the aim.”Jason Lewis, “Syria releases the 7/7 'mastermind,” The Telegraph, February 4, 2012, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/9061400/Syria-releases-the-77-mastermind.html.

Abu Musab Al Suri, Al-Qaeda Operations Head, July 2005

Message to the British and European peoples and governments after the bombings of July 2005: “I swear to God that I have in me a joy stronger than the joy of the farmer who sees the harvest of his fruits after a long planting and efforts and patience throughout decades of building.”Paul Cruickshank, “Abu Musab Al Suri: Architect of the New Al Qaeda,”  Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 30:1–14, 2007, page 3, Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law, http://www.lawandsecurity.org/portals/0/documents/abumusabalsuriarchitectofthenewalqaeda.pdf.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Leader and Founder of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, May 19, 2005

“The legitimacy of these [means] has been established even if [their use] results in the killing of a number of Muslims even if it is known that they are likely to be there at the time, for whatever reason… Admittedly, the killing of a number of Muslims whom it is forbidden to kill is undoubtedly a grave evil; however, it is permissible to commit this evil – indeed, it is even required – in order to ward off a greater evil, namely, the evil of suspending jihad.” David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2008), 228.