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The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home. As a coalition we are not in the business of nation building or reconstruction.
Mar 22 2017
Barack Obama, George W. Bush, John McCain and John Kerry, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Al-Qaeda. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 206 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 291 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Barack Obama is: “To say that a military tactic is legal, or effective, is not to say that it is wise or moral in every instance.”.
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Jeff Davis - Navy

US forces will continue to target AQAP militants and facilities in order to disrupt the terrorist organization's plots, and ultimately to protect American lives. AQAP is the organization that has more American blood on its hands. It is a deadly terrorist organization that has proven itself to be very effective in targeting and killing Americans, and they have intent and aspirations to continue doing so. We are working to stop them from that.

Jeff Davis - Navy

U.S. forces will continue to target AQAP militants and facilities in order to disrupt the terrorist organization's plots and, ultimately, to protect American lives.

Mohammed Alfatemi

Some homes were damaged in the attack. The house of Atef Saad, an AQAP leader, was partially damaged due to a missile that exploded next to his home. We were told that he was not in his house at that time.

Elisabeth Kendall

The fact that [Al Masra] would put this so prominently on the front page – as lead article – indicates it has traction, that this is a way to win support. It plays entirely into their narrative that they were right about the West's war on Islam all along. It shows us how much al-Qaeda is trying to capitalize on some of the policies of the Trump administration. Trump has created an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America – it was previously on America but also on many other targets like Shiites in Yemen, Iraq and even Syria – but this has really refocused attention on America itself.

Salem al-Marqashi

We believe that the soldiers were American because they came from the battleships and it is known to the fishermen and locals in the area that the battleships in that area are American. The locals saw them from a distance of about one kilometer [0.6 mile] away.

Ramzi al-Fadhli

Footprints from soldiers and police dogs have been seen in the area of Mowjan. . . . We are also looking into the purpose behind the American soldiers' landing in the area and what their mission was.

Jeff Davis - Navy

We have U.S. Special Operations forces that go in and out of Yemen to assist our partner forces in fighting al-Qaeda.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I haven't had the chance to speak with [Trump] directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that. I know that he paid the ultimate sacrifice when he went on that mission. And I know that the mission has a lot of different critics, but it did yield a substantial amount of very important intel and resources that helped save American lives and other lives.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

I tell those misguided people, they should come back to their country as we are ready to give them the support they need to integrate within the community, to work and have a peaceful existence. To those who work with Al Qaeda, al Shabaab and ISIL, we tell you your time is finished.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

To those who work with al Qaeda, al Shabaab and IS (Islamic State), your time is finished. You have been misled, destroyed property and killed many Somalis. Come and we shall give you good life.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Our government will not loot but will help its people. We shall fight insecurity, economic crisis and unemployment.

Aziz Mabkhout

If you want to hunt al Qaeda, you can find them in the surrounding mountains not in this small village. ... The Americans' information was wrong.

Saleh Mohsen al-Ameri

Hours later, we pulled her body back and found the child unconscious but alive, covered in his mother's blood.

Abdullah al-Joufi

There was random shooting at anything that moved, the entire place was on fire. If you have a head, you better keep it down. This is what we did.

John McCain

My understanding of the parameters of the raid were, they wanted to capture individuals. The objective was to kill the bad guys, but also capture some of them.

John McCain

When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success.

John McCain

When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, [an] American life is lost … I don't believe that you can call it a success. Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who [went] on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their bravery and courage and willingness to sacrifice for their fellow Americans who were being held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story.

John Thomas - International Security

The objective was site exploitation to find out more about how AQAP operates, functions, and how they communicate with each other.

John McCain

"My understanding of the parameters of the raid were, they wanted to capture individuals,". "The objective was to kill the bad guys but also capture some of them,".

Eric Trager

The (Trump) administration has signaled repeatedly that it sees the Muslim Brotherhood as virtually indistinguishable from groups like al Qaeda or even Islamic State. This is something Cairo is very excited about and Arab partners favor as well.

John McCain

I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success. When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success. Many years ago, when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs. Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated, but the brave men who took – risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes.

Mark Toner

Yemen suffers most directly from the threat of AQAP and President Hadi has been a stalwart partner in the fight against AQAP and ISIS. We will continue to work with him and his representatives to ensure that this important partnership remains solid in order to ultimately eradicate AQAP/ISIS from Yemen. The United States conducts operations consistent with international law and in coordination with the government of Yemen. We will not relent in our mission to degrade, disrupt and destroy al Qaeda and ISIS.

John McCain

"When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don't believe you can call it a success,". "My understanding of the parameters of the raid were they wanted to capture individuals and obviously they didn't want to kill children or women and obviously it was not the intention to lose a $75 million airplane as well as the loss of a life,". "So I believe those were the parameters with which they embarked on the mission. Obviously that didn't happen".

Sean Spicer

The raid that was conducted in Yemen was an intelligence-gathering raid. That's what it was. It was highly successful. It achieved the purpose it was going to get, save the loss of life that we suffered and the injuries that occurred.

Juan C. Zarate

Certainly if the goal is to capture the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, that didn't happen. It wasn't successful in that regard. On the other hand, a number of al Qaeda leaders were killed, and al Qaeda was disrupted, at least in terms of that cell. They understand that the U.S. is willing to lean forward and perhaps they're being deterred or disrupted in their activities. And we may have collected incredibly valuable intelligence that will lead to further disruptions and further counterterrorism activities down the road.

David Hale

Neither person is charged with plotting any attacks on American soil. These charges relate to activities that occurred when they were in Iraq, first of all. Secondly, they relate to conspiracy to aid Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Clement Therme

This is a real change in U.S. policy ... Trump will hopefully notice that it is al Qaeda and [ISIS] that are the main threat in the region.

Sean Spicer

Knowing that we killed an estimated 14 AQAP members and that we gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil – is something that I think most service members understand, that that's why they joined the service.

April Alley - The International Crisis Group

The raid ... is a good example of what not to do. The use of U.S. troops and the high number of civilian casualties ... are deeply inflammatory and breed anti-American resentment across the Yemeni political spectrum that works to the advantage of AQAP.

John Thomas - International Security

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has a horrifying history of hiding women and children within militant operating areas and terrorist camps, and continuously shows a callous disregard for innocent lives. That's what makes cases like these so especially tragic.

Karen Greenberg

The perception will be that it's not enough to kill al-Awlaki. That the US had to kill the entire family.

Nasser Al-Awlaki

They [the SEALs] entered another house and killed everybody in it, including all the women. They burned the house. There is an assumption there was a woman [in the house] from Saudi Arabia who was with al Qaeda. All we know is that she was a children's teacher.

Donald J. Trump

Americans are saddened this morning with the news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism. The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safe nation and freer world. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.

Rob Portman

I think the previous homeland security secretary had named those countries because of a lack of information and the fact that either ISIS or al Qaeda was present in those countries. In my view, we ought to all take a deep breath and come up with something that makes sense for our national security and, again, for this notion that America has always been a welcoming home for refugees and immigrants.

Joseph Votel - Army

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members. The sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.

Abdulraoof al-Dhahab - Al-Qaeda

Next, the gunmen opened fire at the U.S. soldiers who left the area, and the helicopters bombed the gunmen and a number of homes and led to a large number of casualties.

Charles Lister

I think [Fatah al-Sham] found itself surrounded by potential threats and in an environment [in] which politics suddenly was trumping military activities. Ironically, we may now eventually see just that scenario play out in the future.

Nasser Mohammed Nasser

Who do we talk to? America? Where is America? They would kill two or three from al-Qaida on one hand and 10 or 15 civilians on the other hand. Where is this al-Qaida they claim to be killing? ... There are many other incidents like ours due to drones.

Jeff Davis - Navy

The removal of this training camp disrupts training operations and discourages hard-line Islamist and Syrian opposition groups from joining or cooperating with Al-Qaida on the battlefield.

Laith Alkhouri

He is poised to hold a high-ranking position in its echelons. He's viewed as a trustworthy figure, and his calls to target the U.S. won't land on deaf ears. We are expected to hear more from Hamza bin Laden in the near future, and his leadership role is expected to grow.

Walid al Muallem

Everything is open for discussion, with the exception of national sovereignty, and the people's right to choose its leadership. It is the duty of the factions (rebel groups) who have signed it to distance themselves from, and declare that they are not linked to, the Nusra Front or Daesh (Islamic State).

Boubacar Sidiki Samake

The first indications show that she was certainly taken hostage by a terrorist group, al Mourabitoun.

Scott Roehm

If a president can't convince Congress, as the proxy for the people, of the need to do this such that they will pass an authorization to do it, then we ought not to be using force abroad.

Barack Obama

To say that a military tactic is legal, or effective, is not to say that it is wise or moral in every instance.

Olivier Salgado - United Nations

Yesterday at about 18:00 (GMT) a vehicle with explosives destroyed our pre-fabricated installations of MINUSMA at the Gao airport.

Jim Waters

This year we're going to see a bit more of a robust counterterrorism presence. There's been a lot of rhetoric and propaganda from ISIL and from al Qaeda recently...and we don't take any chances here in New York City.

Peter Cook

He had ties to terrorist groups operating throughout Southwest Asia, including groups responsible for attacking the U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and those plotting to attack the West.

Donald J. Trump

After seven years the Arab-Israeli peace process is at a standstill, al Qaeda terrorism has been replaced by ISIS terrorism. The situation in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen are in shambles. Iranian regional bullying is shamelessly escalating.

Matthew Henman

Militants will still use those quotes. The key thing militant groups, particularly Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, depend on for recruitment purposes is convincing Muslims in the Western world that the West hates them and won't ever accept them as part of their society.

Hisham al-Hashemi

Al Qaeda is known for its recruitment strategy that heavily quotes speeches of the White House and other Western officials.

Ibrahim Hamidi

The government wants to prepare people, psychologically, for the idea that Idlib is the Kandahar of Syria.

Faysal Itani

By lumping the displaced hostile populations in with the extremists, you've basically confined the problem to one place. Once that is done, the regime will go after it hard and no one will be able to make much of a fuss internationally.

Osama Abu Zeid

The regime wants the people to be as far as possible from the areas they were displaced from.

Yasser Alyousef

All factions have united to fight against Jund al-Sham until it dissolves or is uprooted. Any attempt to dilute the issue ... or offering superficial solutions is treason to the blood of martyrs.

Ahmed Karali

The decision to uproot them was taken in consultation with other rebel groups and we will not halt a task we started.

Borge Brende

We are following the situation closely and are now working together with the Philippine authorities to bring Sekkingstad to safety. We continue to work on it and we will not rejoice before Sekkingstad is safe and sound with the Philippine authorities.

Frederic C. Hof
Faysal Itani

Separating Nusra Front fighters from mainstream rebels will be very difficult.

Barack Obama

Fifteen years into this fight the threat has evolved. Groups like Al-Qaeda, like ISIL know that they will never be able to defeat a nation as great, as strong as America, so, instead they try to terrorise in the hopes that they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other.

Barack Obama

The terrorist threat has evolved, as we've seen so tragically from Boston to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to Orlando. So in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond, we'll stay relentless against terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL. We will destroy them and we'll keep doing everything in our power to protect our homeland.

John Kerry

Going after Nusra is not a concession to anybody, it is profoundly in the interest of the United States to target al-Qaeda.

John Kerry

Going after Nusra is not a concession to anybody; it is profoundly in the interest of the United States to target al Qaeda.

Barack Obama

We're still the America of heroes who ran into harm's way, of ordinary folks who took down the hijackers, of families who turned their pain into hope.

Qais Al-Azzawi

Al Qaeda's principle enemy now is Daesh – the group that calls itself Islamic State – because Daesh revolted against al-Qaida. You have to know that all these terrorist organisations like al-Qaida, Daesh, the Al-Nusra Front and Boko Haram, even Daesh leader al-Baghdadi, all followed the rules laid down by Osama bin Laden, they may not get along with Ayman al-Zawahiri but they're fine with the man they see as their spiritual father – Osama bin Laden.

Christopher S. Murphy

Thousands of civilians are being killed, and terrorist groups inside the country, like al-Qaeda and ISIL (Daesh), are getting stronger. Until the Saudis' conduct changes, the US should put a pause on further arms sales.

Mark P. Denbeaux

Abu Zubaydah is not now and never has been an enemy of the United States and has been involved in no terroristic acts.

Ahmed Salama Mabrouk - Al-Qaeda

We decided to cancel work under the name of Nusra Front and form a new group under a new front called the Levant Conquest Front. This new front will have no links to any outside groups.

John Kerry

I spoke to Foreign Minister Lavrov again today. We both believe that we have an understanding of the direction we are going in and what needs to be achieved and our teams will meet shortly and we are going to continue to do that in order to bolster the cessation of hostilities and in order to increase our capacity to fight back against Al-Qaeda, which is Nusra, as well as fight back against ISIL [Daesh].

Adam Schiff

I know that the release of these pages will not end debate over the issue, but it will quiet rumors over their contents -- as is often the case, the reality is less damaging than the uncertainty.

Bruce Riedel - The Brookings Institution

Hamza provides a new face for al-Qaida, one that directly connects to the group's founder. He is an articulate and dangerous enemy.

Bruce Riedel - The Brookings Institution

Hamza provides a new face for al Qaeda, one that directly connects to the group's founder. He is an articulate and dangerous enemy.

Stephen Anthony - FBI

Conspiring to have a judge killed is not the way to avoid being prosecuted - now Mohammad will be held accountable for additional serious federal charges. The FBI will continue to work with our partners to ensure the safety of those that uphold the rule of law.

Fawaz A. Gerges

In Islamic history, Ramadan is a reminder to Muslims of who they are, separating the faithful from the non-faithful. But what ISIS and Al Qaeda have done to great effect is to focus on the war spirit and offensive spirit rather than on the moral spirit.

Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir - Al-Qaeda

The Turkish people are Muslims, & their blood is sacred. A true mujahid would give his life up for them, not massacre them #IstanbulAttack.

Thomas Joscelyn

It's a very stark difference in approach. Al Qaeda wants Muslims to believe that its terrorism is morally justifiable, whereas the Islamic State argues that only its followers have moral legitimacy.

Rita Katz

For I.S. to maintain support among its followers and prospects, it must take different considerations into account when planning an attack in a Muslim country versus non-Muslim countries. I.S. encourages the killing of random civilians in France, Belgium, America or other Western nations, but in a country like Turkey, I.S. must be sure that it isn't killing Muslims – or at least make it look like it's trying not to.

Shinzo Abe

Those innocent lives were taken by this cruel and atrocious terrorism, and I feel strong indignation. This is a challenge for the common values shared by the international community. We strongly condemn terrorism.

Matteo Renzi

Together with the other countries that have been affected, Bangladesh, Japan, and all the countries in the international community which have experienced moments like the one we're going through today, we will continue our struggle because only together, united, can we state an idea of civilisation, which is different from what we have unfortunately seen tonight in Bangladesh.

Matteo Renzi

Terrorists want to destroy our daily lives. We are duty bound to respond with even more determination to defend our values.

Anna Skotko

There's no reason why he would tell the truth today other than he fears the imposition of the severe sentence that he deserves.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Our suggestion to them is that they should also wear Daesh, al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda insignias during their operations in other regions of Syria. They can also wear the Boko Haram insignia when they go to Africa, but they don't see YPG in the same way as the other terrorist groups.

Richard Ojeda

I've dealt with the Taliban and al Qaeda. I'm not scared of some ignorant, uneducated, a-------.

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Either you unite to live as Muslims with dignity, or you bicker and separate and so are eaten one by one. We have to want the unity of the mujahideen in Sham (Syria) so it will be liberated from the Russians and Western crusaders. My brothers… the matter of unity is a matter of life or death for you.

Mohammad Shamsuddin

Professor Rezaul was killed in a similar fashion as the killings of bloggers.

Mohammad Shamsuddin

Professor Rezaul was killed in a similar fashion as the killings of bloggers. he was a peaceful person and had no enemies.

Osama bin Laden

I hope, for my brothers, sisters, and maternal aunts, to obey my will and to spend all the money that I have left in Sudan on Jihad, for the sake of Allah.

Vikas Swarup

We find it incomprehensible that while the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad was listed … as far back as 2001 for its well-known terror activities and links to al Qaeda, the designation of the group's main leader, financier and motivator, has been put on a technical hold.

John Kirby

We extend our condolences to the family of Michael James Riddering. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time, as they are with all those affected by this brutality.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims during this senseless assault on innocent people. The U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou is providing all possible consular assistance. We can confirm that all Chief of Mission personnel are accounted for.

Ibrahim Fraihat

This sends a message of resolve and firmness in Saudi Arabia's policy of confrontation with its two enemies, mainly al-Qaeda and Iran. It will also increase tensions inside Saudi Arabia because it gives the Shiite community new grievances and symbols to rally around within the country.

Mustafa Alani

There is a huge popular pressure on the government to punish those people. It included all the leaders of al Qaeda, all the ones responsible for shedding blood. It sends a message.

John Kerry

We began our fight against al-Qaeda in 2001 and it took us quite a few years before we were able to eliminate Osama bin Laden – and the top leadership – and neutralise them as an effective force. We hope to do Daesh much faster than that.

Carmen Ortiz

It was a political crime, designed to intimidate and to coerce the United States.

François Molins

His home was searched which led to the discovery of three Kalashnikov assault rifles, an empty charger, three empty cartridge belts, bullet proof vests, and tactical body armour, police armbands, yellow police tunics, a camcorder and a camera, a computer and a hard drive, 2,000 euros in cash and telephone hardware, SIM cards, and documents in Arabic mentioning the terrorist organisations al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all the parties. The Saudis have assured me that they understand that there must be a political process. I call on all Yemenis to participate in good faith. The United Nations-supported diplomatic process remains the best way out of a drawn-out war with terrifying implications for regional stability.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

What they need to do is to facilitate the dialogue among various Yemeni groups and this is what we are prepared to do.

Uhuru Kenyatta

To the families and friends of the survivors and indeed all Kenyans, I want you to know that our security forces are pursuing leads on the remaining accomplices. We shall employ all means at our disposal to bring the perpetrators to justice. We're also in active pursuit of the mastermind of the attack and have placed a reward for the information leading to his capture.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Like al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIS all these terrorists, they have committed unspeakable brutality against humanity. Not a single country, even the regional countries cannot handle this alone.

Ramzi al-Amri

We are protesting now to overthrow the armed militias and kick them out of the capital Sanaa.

Hareth al-Nadhari

Soldiers who love God and his prophet and who are in love with martyrdom for the sake of God had come to you.

Najib Mikati

We are pretty sure that the incidents in Beirut's southern suburb and Tripoli yesterday were by the same people. We are not calling for reconciliation really, nor are we accusing each other of planting bombs. What we need to do is unite in order to fill any void that might come about.

Pierre Legrand

We try to stay positive because we tell ourselves that from the moment that there is contact there is the chance of discussion and that makes us hope for a happy ending.

Francois Hollande

It isn't for the abductors to tell us what to do. Or how to negotiate. The best way to get our nationals out of the hands of those who have kidnapped them is to say as little as possible and not to enter into any sort of debate.

Abdel Hamid Abu Zeid

The end of negotiations, the total dead end, is France's fault. We are here to negotiate. That's what we already told France, a year ago.

Mourad Medelci

To begin with, it is incumbent on us to evalute the terrorist threat which is developing dangerously and taking on a new dimension, with increasingly strong ties to organised crime and the trafficking of drugs and weapons.

Tony Blair

What we are confronting here is an evil ideology….it is not a clash of civilisations- all civilised people, Muslim or other, feel revulsion at it. But it is a global struggle.

Maureen Santora

As we were watching TV this interruption came on the news. We just sat in our chairs. We were just speechless. We didn't talk to each other. We just sat quietly and we listened. We've been married a while so we sense how the other person feels, but we're both very, very elated. We were thrilled that the day had finally come that the organiser of al Qaeda, finally met his demise and was finally killed.

Maureen Santora

I was just overjoyed, I've been waiting for this day. I've been waiting for him to be found.

Rainer Griesbaum

The accused had the mission to commit an attack in Germany. They did not yet have a concrete target in view. While building the explosive device they were still in a phase of experimentation as we know after the results of the searching.

Nouri Al-Maliki

We do not want this city to suffer at all. We will not use force as long as the tribes are ready to fight al Qaeda and expel them.

Yasar Kutlay

According to Israel, during the Gaza flotilla episode, in one way or another, our organisation was said to use dirty tricks, dirty relationships.

Yasar Kutlay

In actual fact the flotilla incident unveiled them. Since then, Israel has been wanting to stop our activities by making false claims and creating charges that we are tied to al Qaeda.

Said Sadi

We are facing a disguised coup. That's why, as the opposition, we have to mobilise against it. But the citizens must be aware that this day, the 12th of November, will remain a black day in the history of an independent Algeria.

Ali Abdullah Saleh

They are calling for change and for a peaceful youth revolution but it is a destructive revolution and leading them are corrupt defectors from the military.

John Kerry

He is a legal and an appropriate target for the US military under the authorisation of the use of the military force passed in September of 2001.

Athar Abbas

The operation is against a terrorist organisation which is holding this area and the people as hostage, which is responsible for conducting most of the terrorism acts against our people and against our country.

Khaled al-Haroji

We need logistics, and we need economic assistance. These are important to Yemen because the economic problem faced by Yemen, and the high rate of unemployment and poverty, is a suitable breeding environment for al- Qaeda, considering that many young Yemenis are frustrated and will turn to this organisation.

Hillary Clinton

In that region, the spillover effects from instability are directly impacting on neighbours. Obviously, we see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al-Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region.

Adam Gadahn

Your failure to meet our demands means that you and your people will, Allah willing, experience things which will make you forget about the horrors of Sept. 11, Afghanistan, Iraq and Virginia Tech.

Patrick Smith

I don't think it is the end of al-Shabaab. I think they are retreating from Mogadishu, they will change tactics and strategy to a more guerrilla mode, they will change into civilian clothes, and they will still be a potent force.

Nouri Al-Maliki

I call upon the people of Fallujah and the tribal leaders to unite and reject the presence of these evil people, because Fallujah has witnessed fighting and destruction many times before. We do not want the city to suffer anymore. We will not use force as long as the tribes are ready to fight al-Qaeda and expel them.

Elmar Thevessen

There might be another video from Osama bin Laden which might also address the German people. But the security authorities are telling us it's nothing but propaganda. You have to take these things seriously and they've tightened security. But there's no precise evidence that Germany will be attacked any time soon.

Tariq al-Hashimi

The situation in Iraq is that the political process is fragile. We are facing a lot of challenges. Many parties are not convinced or sympathetic enough to keep to the work of getting Iraq stable. We do have many, many, many sources of violence for the time being. It is not only al Qaeda. Even the corruption of the security forces could be a source of violence. We do have real challenges and I am sorry to say that my country cannot sustain stability for years to come because we do have big challenges that we are unable to overcome for now.

Luke Somers

I'm certain that my life is in danger. So, as I sit here now I ask, if anything can be done please let it be done.

Imtiaz Gul

It doesn't really mean a big, fatal or terminal blow to al Qaeda, because Osama bin Laden has left behind a legacy which he stood for, he propagated and in the process he was able to create a lot of local al Qaedas.

Jamal Ouahbi

I think al Qaeda are indoctrinating people both on the Internet and here in Morocco. They are recruiting many people here.

Mohammed Al Zawahiri

No. As Muslims and not only Salafist jihadists, we must do everything we can… He among us who can speak, will speak. He who can act with his hands, will also. This is aggression. Will I stay quiet if someone comes to attack and kill me? That is unreasonable and unacceptable. France lit the fire; it started the war, and if this continues, the first to burn will be Western people.

George W. Bush

Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, and drug traffickers and criminal elements and local war lords remain active and committed to destroying democracy in Afghanistan. Defeating them will require the full commitment of our alliance. For NATO to succeed, its commanders on the ground must have the resources and flexibility they need to do their jobs.

Abdullah Abdullah

I think it is mainly the show of solidarity with mujahadeen in Afghanistan with those millions of people who fought during Jihad against the Soviet Union and also during resistance for liberation of Afghanistan against Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Juan C. Zarate

There are numerous technical problems to trying to make an effective explosive device operate inside a human body, especially one that has to incubate for some time and then explode. Certainly the body itself will act as a bit of a cushion to the effect of the explosive.

Yusuf Ali Noor

It shows how much we love sports, that despite the chaos going on around the city, and despite the field becoming a frontline, we were still training and playing matches here. Now you can see the area is calm and security is back, nothing like what it was before.

Shinzo Abe

Algeria has not had assistance from other nations, as far as I know. I certainly know about countries which have offered to give Algeria assistance, but that has been declined. Therefore it is very likely that this is an Algerian operation.

David Cameron

What we know is that the terrorist threat in the Sahel comes from al Qaeda in Islamic Magreb. They aspire to establish Islamic law across the Sahel and northern Africa and they also aspire to attack western interests in the region and frankly wherever they can. Just as we have reduced the scale of the al Qaeda threat in other parts of the world, including in Pakistan and Afghanistan, so the threat has grown in other parts of the world.

Shinzo Abe

I've strongly asked Algeria to deal with the situation by giving priority to human lives and to ensuring people's safety. I believe the leaders of the other countries convey the same message.

Ahsanullah Ahsan

We, the Tehreeke Taliban Pakistan, claim responsibility for what happened. We believe the Pakistani police and army are not for protecting Muslims, but their mission is to finish off the Mujahideen.

Mohammad Yahya Johar

You must abstain from all these bad activities and not commit these activities in Pakistan.

Muammar Gaddafi

I am ready to debate with any one of them, one of their 'emirs' or whomsoever appoints himself, who comes to me to debate with me, but they do not debate … they do not have demands at all.

Muammar Gaddafi

We will enter a bloody war and thousands and thousands of Libyans will die if the United States or NATO enters.

Abdullah Al Fakih

I think they will topple the regime because their demands are shared by all parts of Yemeni society, including the opposition parties.

Abdullah Al Fakih

Of course, there are always risks and fears of change. But the fear of change is not as great as the fear of current regime.

Barack Obama

I don't understand how we ended up invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 while Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda are setting up base camps and safe havens to train terrorists to attack us. That was Senator McCain's judgement and it was the wrong judgement.

Johan Delmulle

We don't really know where the attack was to take place. It could have been Pakistan or Afghanistan, but we can't rule out that it was aimed at Belgium or elsewhere in Europe.

George W. Bush

I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

Omran al-Zoubi

We, as the Syrian delegation, came here to Geneva because we chose the political path to solve the situation but the political path is one thing and the fight against al Qaeda and ISIL and terrorist organisations in Syria is something else.

Jean-Pierre Pochon

There were some theories but they were just my personal thoughts that it looked like what exists today in the radical Islamist movement, called al Qaeda, in the sense that it was not strongly structured from the top down, rather it was a horizontal network.

Mike Mullen

He and his organisation still threaten us and as we did both seek to capture and kill – and succeed in killing bin Laden – we certainly will do the same with Zawahiri.

Robert Gates

This announcement by al Qaeda reminds us that despite having suffered a huge loss with the killing of bin Laden and a number of others, al Qaeda seeks to perpetuate itself, seeks to find replacements for those who have been killed, and remains committed to the agenda that bin Laden put before them.

Khaled Okasha

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis is one of what we call the second generation al-Qaeda terrorist organisations. It is a small group formed from groups that came out of the revolution of January 25, 2011, specifically in the Sinai region. As for the evidence that they were involved in the blast: there are techniques and methods that have been studied in this attack, and the results are almost identical – dramatically – with those associated with Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, and the group has already said it was their work.

Bora Bayraktar - Euronews

The police van continued a further 100 metres after the explosion. Investigators are searching the vehicle for clues about the attackers.

Mike McConnell

We must remain vigilant. Canada is susceptible to criminal terrorist activity as much as any other country. Reducing the threat of terrorism is one of our top priorities.

Muammar Gaddafi

Why did we not intervene in northern Italy when Umberto Bossi wanted to created the so-called state of Padania? Because it was illegal, that's why. These armed terrorists in Benghazi, including members of al Qaeda, do not have clear political demands.

Elias Murr

The Lebanese army has destroyed all their strongholds. The terrorists have been crushed.

Cyrus Vance

Our office today filed charges against Jose Pimentel of Manhattan for conspiring to build a bomb for terrorist purposes and for possessing a weapon – a pipe bomb, that he is alleged to have intended to use to wage his campaign of violence.

Guido Steinberg

He was a lot more successful than Al-Qaeda, and most of its attack or attempts to attack in Europe in years.

Moses Wetangula

The hard won freedoms of Kenyans are under threat not from insecurity, but from the state presided over by the Jubilee oligarchs.

John Kerry

All of the world is waiting for this country to find the path and to see the nation that they know and love. The country that lifts people up, not bullies. The country that understands how to lead by its moral strength and by its reasoning, not by ideological rigidity and by misleading.

George W. Bush

Al Qaeda no longer controls territory like it did in Afghanistan. We have shut down its camps, we are systematically destroying the al Qaeda network across the world. More than three quarters of al Qaeda's key members and associates have been brought to justice.

Michael Chertoff

So it is a sobering reminder of the fact that six years after 9/11, the intent of al-Qaeda and its allies to wage war on the west remains very much unabated.

Fouad Siniora

We will not surrender to terrorism. We will work on uprooting terrorism and finishing it off.

George W. Bush

There is instability in Somalia. The first concern, of course, is to ensure that Somalia does not become an al-Qaeda safe haven. That it does not become a place where terrorists can plot and plan.

George W. Bush

We believe and the Iraqis believe the best way forward is the democratic process. Al Qaeda wants to use their violent ways to stop the march of democracy because democracy is the exact opposite of what they believe in.

William Caldwell

I can just say that our resolve will continue until we find the final disposition and take the appropriate action against those who perpetrated this event.

Greg Austin

NATO certainly needs to make a bigger investment in Afghanistan if it's to remain committed. But bigger investment probably has to come in civil areas, it has to come in military logistics, and has to come in military intelligence. The idea of just putting new troops on the ground, infantry as it were, to try and solve this problem is not going to work. The US government is looking hard at a new civilian surge, NATO should look also at a new civilian surge.

François Fillon

However we do have agreements with the governments in the region and in particular with the Mauritanian government and with the Malian government to hunt down these terrorists and bring them to justice.

Condoleezza Rice

The United States does not support, and communicated it to the Pakistani leadership prior to this action, that it would not support extra-constitutional means.

George W. Bush

I am confident with actionable intelligence we will be able to bring top al Qaeda to justice, constant communications with the Pakistan government. It is in their interest that foreign fighters be brought to justice.

Musa Mohammed

It was just like a flash of light and many people were killed. Some had to be amputated and suchlike. But thank God mine was a lesser injury.

Imran Khan

The Taliban forced us to leave at gunpoint. They took us to the hills and left us there. We have come back voluntarily.

Loretta Sanchez

The minute that one of those cruise missiles lands in there, we are in the Syrian war. It's a civil war and we are taking sides with the rebels, many of whom are still associated with al Qaeda, and other groups that mean to undermine us. So for the president to say this is just a very quick thing and we're out of there…. that's how long wars start.

Jorge Fernandez Diaz

If you add these two, there have been 13 arrests over the last few months, which shows that the intelligence and state security services are working efficiently with others, because the threat is global. The threat is no higher in Spain.

Arif Aldowsh

Some Al-Qaeda leaders had direct contacts with Saleh and the elite squad that was loyal to him. Some in that group even sold weapons to the organisation. Hadi removed them from their posts. This is no secret.

Arif Aldowsh

The anti-terrorist war will benefit both sides politically. It will boost President Obama in the presidential election, and will help Yemeni President Hadi put his decisions into practice in the future.

Alan Johnston

My captors have treated me very well. They have fed me well. There has been no violence towards me at all and I am in good health.

Trinidad Jimenez

We have to study new measures and advice but I must meet those in charge of these organisations to decide if we should adopt additional measures.

Jakob Scharf

We can describe these suspects as Islamist militants with international contacts, among them the leaders of Al Qaeda.

Leon E. Panetta

We do have intelligence that indicates that there is an al Qaeda presence in Syria. But frankly, we don't have very good intelligence as to just exactly what their activities are. And that's the reason we can't really indicate specifically what they are or not doing.

Emile Dereymaeker

We will have a crowd of 50,000 to 60,000 people expecting to see the fireworks. How can you let them all know that it's off?

Charlie Allen

I think we can expect it but I think we have to be patient. I don't think we'll see an attack immediately. It can be months, it can be years, before the attack occurs. But there will be efforts to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden.

Janet Napolitano - Homeland Security

Our posture includes both seen and unseen measures, and will continue to respond appropriately to protect the American people.

Catherine Ashton

We need to remain vigilant in our efforts to completely disable the al Qaeda network, as the threat of retaliatory action remains serious.

Anthony Cordesman

I think we need to be very careful about exaggerating this. Will there be some attempts? Almost certainly. Is it possible that one or more of them can succeed? Yes, but the chances for any one individual getting caught up even in a dramatic strike by terrorism is almost negligible.

Manuchehr Mottaki

The United States, for all that it has done in the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo jails, doesn't have the authority nor the capacity to give opinions nor accusations about other countries.

Steve Centanni

I just hope this never scares a single journalist away from coming to Gaza to cover this story because the Palestinian people are a very beautiful, kind-hearted and caring people that the world need to know more about, and so do not be discouraged.

Eric Holder

The matter is being supervised by the deputy attorney general. I am not familiar with the reasons why the subpoena was constructed in the way that it was because I'm simply not a part of the case.

Bob Goodlatte

There has been a lot of criticism raised about the scope of this investigation including why the department needed to subpoena records for 20 people over a lengthy two month period. Why was such a broad scope approved?

Mitt Romney

I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in al Qaeda. But we can't kill our way out of this mess. We're going to have to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the world of Islam and other parts of the world to reject this radical violent extremism.

Ajai Sahni

This is really a group today which is not some kind of a global threat, but a group that is struggling for its own survival and legitimacy in the eyes of the radicalised Muslim world.

George W. Bush

I think that the capacity of these killers to stop an election would send a wrong signal to the world, and send a wrong signal to the Iraqi people themselves. And as the (Iraqi) president says, the people want to vote.

Uhuru Kenyatta

Our confrontation with the terrorists at the Westgate mall left 240 casualties. I report with great sadness that 61 civilians lost their lives in the attack. Six security officers also made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the criminals.

Marc Garlasco - Human Rights Watch

We haven't been surprised by this story. In fact we've been tracking many of the CIA detention facilities via their airplane logs. The CIA has these aircraft that they use to move people around, they're called renditions, bringing prisoners from Afghanistan through any part of the world that they would like.

Dick Cheney

If they'd told the truth about Benghazi, that it was a terrorist attack by an al Qaeda-affiliated group, it would have destroyed the false image of competence that was the basis of his campaign for re-election. The administration either had no forces ready to respond to an attack, which should have been anticipated on the anniversary of 9/11, or they refused to deploy them when our people asked for help.

Rene van der Linden

If this turns out to be true and as far as I know it is true, it reveals once again the bloody logic of terror and I utterly condemn it of course and I do this also on behalf of the assembly.

Nabil Hasan Al-Faqih

This was a cowardly terrorist attack, which can only have been committed by someone who lacks conscience and humanity.

Karel De Gucht - European Union

The risk level is four, which means dangerous. Don't go there [until you necessarily] have to go there and especially not in the region where the facts have occurred.

Andrea Vitek

According to the court's findings, preparations for an explosives attack were relatively advanced. A detonator had been built and it was probably only because of police surveillance already in progress that an attack was prevented.

Angela Merkel

This is very sad news and we condemn these acts in the strongest terms. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. The foreign ministry crisis centre is trying to get news of the other hostages, but there is no concrete information yet.

James Franey - Euronews

There are a number of key questions still to be asked of the US-led strategy against ISIL. What future for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? Where does it leave the other opposition forces fighting against him? And can military force really destroy a jihadist ideology? It's the strategy that the US and its allies have been using in the fight against al Qaeda for well over a decade.

Mohammed Shaikhibrahim - Euronews

Baghdad's streets are almost empty of people, and traffic is very light. Most shops closed their doors today, with the vote approaching. The curfew will be enforced this evening.

Sally Leivesley

The potential for three countries, France, Germany and Britain, to be attacked simultaneously is actually a global shock attack and it comes out of the maturity in the style of attacks that Pakistan has very sadly been having for a long time and also that the soldiers are seeing in Afghanistan.

John Reid

It is not yet known whether others in the UK were involved in indoctrinating the group or helping them to plan.

Neyla Chehwan

The time lapse separating the two explosions was about 30 seconds. There was shooting between Iranian embassy personnel and the attackers. The attackers could not reach the embassy – which was their goal of course, to attack the Iranian embassy – but they could not reach it, they failed.

Ali Abdullah Salah

We don't want anyone to interfere in Yemeni affairs and to fight al-Qaeda in Yemen. We are the one's who will fight them.

Richard Clark

Even if al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan are destroyed, there is still a group of people in the United States who spontaneously can become terrorists without any real communications connection to al-Qaeda.

Hoshyar Zebari

Nobody here in Washington should underestimate how much influence the United States and its values, its morals, have on the region. Definitely, there is a need for more leadership, to be honest with you.

Vitaly Churkin

The members of the Security Council expressed their unanimous support to the government and people of Iraq in their fight against terrorism. They strongly condemned all terrorist and extremist activities regardless of their motivation.

Salman Bashir

It's easy to say that inter-services intelligence, intelligence or elements within the government were in cahoots with al Qaeda [but] this is a false hypothesis. This is a false charge.

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba

The people arrested are suspected of having covered for, and helped escape, five of those implicated in the 2004 bombings in Madrid.

Tony Blair

The Home Secretary today publishes new grounds for deportation and exclusion. Deportation is a decision taken by the Home Secretary under statute. The new grounds will include fostering hatred, advocating violence to further a person's beliefs or justifying or validating such violence.

Tom Cargill - Chatham House

It's hard to be sure who is responsible. You have the Islamist insurgency – Boko Haram – who have been increasing in activity but this would be a major escalation. You also have al Qaeda-linked elements who have been trying to move in and who Western diplomats have been increasingly worried about.

George W. Bush

America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious. If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons. We are in a war that will set the course for this new century, and determine the destiny of millions across the world.

John Sawers

They put our operations at risk. It's clear that our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al Qaeda is lapping it up.

John Sawers

The leaks from Snowden have been very damaging, they've put our operations at risk. It's clear that our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee, al Qaeda is lapping it up.

Brice Hortefeux

Maybe the inquiry will show that thanks to these arrests the worst may have been avoided.

Nadim Shehadi - Chatham House

The message about the chemical weapons that we're getting is what would happen to the chemical weapons after the collapse of the regime? Whether they will go into the hands of al Qaeda or terrorists or anything like that… That's part of trying to regain the fear of the aftermath of Assad.

Salah Mikhlif

I was asking 'where are the authorities? where are the police?' About 15 houses were destroyed.

Guido Westerwelle

The two girls are now in safe hands with the Saudi authorities. Considering the circumstances they are doing well.

Joe Biden

The deteriorating situation in the region poses a security threat not just to the United States but to every single nation around this table. It was from that remote area of the world that al-Qaeda plotted 9/11. It was from that very same area that extremists planned virtually every major terrorist attack in Europe.

Kristian Ulrichsen

If you can deny AQAP the root causes of social, economic and political discontent, which it draws on, then it could become quite irrelevant.

Kristian Ulrichsen

Transition from Saleh will happen in days or weeks rather than months or years.

Saleh Yemen

They have political parties in a way that Kuwait or Bahrain don't.

Kristian Ulrichsen

This plays into a narrative in which AQAP can say 'we were under attack by the US using Saleh as a proxy.

William Hague

We have inherited a defence budget that is massively over-committed. It is over-committed by 10 million pounds every day for the next ten years. So even if the defence budget was held constant, we would still have to make some important reductions. But at the end of all that, we will still have the third or fourth biggest defence budget in the world; we will still be a global military power.

Robert Gibbs

Obviously we have to review our detection capabilities. The president has asked the Department of Homeland Security to, quite frankly, answer the very real question about how somebody with something as dangerous as PETN could have gotten onto a plane in Amsterdam.

Christophe de Margerie

For the time being, there's enough oil to meet demand, but there's not enough production capacity available to cover what could appear to be a major risk of a possible crisis in a number of producer countries. As long as that situation remains – that is with strong demand and limited production capacity – limited in terms of the demand they need to meet – we'll stay in this range of high oil prices.

John McCain

Clearly the involvement of al-Qaeda or other elements seems to be apparent here. But we continue to be grateful for the work that the CIA continues to do here and their employees, and these brave young people who put their lives on the line, every single day.

Gordon Brown

Mr Quick has made his apologies. I spoke to him this morning and he was very concerned that his apology was made for a blunder that happened. I think we must not forget that the police have been successful in carrying out their arrests and, of course, what happens in the next few days is a matter for the police inquiries.

Barack Obama

The insurgency in Afghanistan did not just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget, this is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans.

Barack Obama

There are a lot of questions that as I spoke to experts kept on coming up – Do we know how the Shia and the Sunni and the Kurds are going to get along in a post-Saddam situation? What's our asessment as to how this will affect the battle against terrorists like al-Qaeda? Have we finished the job in Afghanistan?

John McCain

We have to not only bring about ceasefire, but we have to have honour. One of the most fundamental rights of any nation is territorial integrity. the Russians must respect the entire territorial integrity of Georgia.

Barack Obama

American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. The Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions then ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our allies South Korea and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.

Barack Obama

In Pakistan, al Qaeda's leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. And we've sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian peninsula to all parts of the globe. We will not relent, we will not waver and we will defeat you.

Barack Obama

In Afghanistan our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. Our purpose is clear. By preventing the Taliban from re-establishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.

Barack Obama

America's commitment has been kept. The Iraq war is coming to an end. Of course as we speak al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. Thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals we're disrupting plots and securing our cities and skies.

Barack Obama

And we saw that desire to be free in Tunisia where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight let us be clear, the USA stands with the people of Tunisia and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.

Hillary Clinton

Of course what happens in the elections is up to the people of Kenya. They are the ones who will make the decisions. I have won elections and I have lost elections. When you lose an election and when your supporters see you lose an election, it's important that they have to see that the process was fair. And that's what we hope for here, for our friends in Kenya.

Benjamin Netanyahu

It's a tiny country and we don't have the time or the privileges to wait and check because they could be above Tel Aviv or above Jerusalem in literally less than minutes. That's why we have this procedure. Apparently a Syrian fighter aircraft penetrated our air space. We shot it down.

Nicolas Sarkozy

I condemn this barbarous and odious act against this innocent man. This crime will not go unpunished.

Barack Obama

In the coming days, the last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq, with honour and with their heads held high. There should be no doubt the drawdown in Iraq has allowed us to refocus our resources to achieve progress in Afghanistan, put al Qaeda on the path to defeat and to better prepare for the full range of challenges that lie ahead.

Jean-Yves Le Drian

There are raids happening at the moment, there will be more this afternoon and tomorrow. The determination of the French President is absolute: we must eradicate this terrorism that could threaten the security of Mali, the security of our country (France) and of Europe.

Ali Akbar Salehi

There is no al-Qaeda in Iran! I hope that the Canadian officials will think on, treat people intelligently and show some common sense.

George W. Bush

I think the successor to Zarqawi is going to be on our list to bring to justice.

Nouri Al-Maliki

I call on the Iraqi people for more patience and steadfastness and to proceed on the path of unity.

Barack Obama

I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms. To say force is something necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

Laurent Fabius

It's a crime against people who were assassinated in cold blood, in odious conditions, but it's also a crime against the freedom to inform and be informed.

Barack Obama

Your leadership of the CIA will forever be remembered for the blows that we struck to Al-Qaeda and perhaps the greatest intelligence success in American history delivering justice to Osama Bin Laden.

Uhuru Kenyatta

We have overcome terrorist attacks before and we have fought courageously and defeated them within and outside our borders. We will defeat them again.

Uhuru Kenyatta

I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy and I know what you feel, having also lost very close family members in this attack.

Barack Obama

These resources will give us flexibility to fulfil different missions, including training security forces in Yemen who have gone on the offensive against al Qaeda; supporting a multinational force to keep the peace in Somalia; working with European allies to train a functioning security force and border patrol in Libya; and facilitating French operations in Mali.

Robert Gibbs

We believe there has to be a process; that in this process that results in free and fair elections, that the emergency law be lifted, as we've talked about many times, and that specific constitutional changes are made.

Barack Obama

Tragedy has brought us together. I have always said that our fight is with Al Qaeda and its affiliates and not with Islam or any other religion. This country was built as a beacon of freedom and tolerance. That's what made us strong – now and forever.

Jay Carney

His death is part of the degradation that has been taking place to core al-Qaeda during the past several years. And that degradation has depleted the ranks to such an extent that there is now no clear successor to take on the breadth of his responsibilities.

Hillary Clinton

There is absolutely no evidence that anyone at highest level of the Pakistani government knew that Osama bin Laden was living just miles from where we are today. And we know that al Qaeda has been a source of great pain and suffering.

Barack Obama

This is not the first time this group has targeted us. In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies, including our embassy in 2008, killing one American. So, as President, I have made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government, training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al Qaeda terrorists.

Gordon Brown

If at all possible we should set a timetable for transferring districts to Afghan control starting next year in 2010. It is only when the Afghans are able to defend the security of their own people and deny the territory of Afghanistan as a base for terrorists, that our strategy of 'Afghanisation' will have succeeded and our troops can come home.

Julia Gillard

Today, we gather here, we gather together to commemorate the worst terrorist attack our nation has ever known. We return here in remembrance, but we also gather in quiet defiance. We will never forget all that we lost.

Philip Hammond

It is not just a problem for Iraq or Syria or even for the region, it is a problem for us here in the UK, in Europe, in North America, because these people, if they can establish this ISIL caliphate as they call it, in Iraq and Syria, will use it as a base to launch attacks on western interests and indeed western countries.

David Cameron

What is required in countries like Mali – just as in countries like Somalia on the other side of Africa – is that a combination of a tough approach on security, aid, politics, settling grievances and problems; an intelligence approach that brings together all the things we need to do with countries in this neighbourhood to help them; to make them safer, but to make us safer too.

Gordon Brown

To those insurgents who refuse to accept the conditions for reintegration, we have no choice but to pursue them militarily.

Hillary Clinton

We must also support the efforts by the government of Afghanistan to separate the extremists of al-Qaeda and the Taliban from those who joined their ranks not out of conviction but out of desperation.

Barack Obama

People are out of work. They are hurting. They need our help. And I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay.

Barack Obama

As we take the fight to al Qaeda, we are responsibly leaving Iraq to its people. As a candidate, I promised that I would end this war, and that is what I am doing as President. We will have all of our combat troops out of Iraq by the end of this August.

George W. Bush

This is a highly classified programme that is crucial to our national security, and its purpose to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies.

Barack Obama

They sought to do more than bring down buildings or murder our people. They sought to break our spirit and to prove to the world that their power to destroy was greater than our power to persevere and build. But you and America proved them wrong.

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