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"You know who doesn't like _____? Al-Qaeda!" - Craig Ferguson

"Al Qaeda still remains a threat." - Leon Panetta

"Al-Qaeda means Bush and Blair. Who established Al-Qaeda? You are the ones who should be put on trial. You were the mother of Al-Qaeda." - Ahmad Jannati

"Washington and New York, two primary targets for Al Qaeda." - Howard Bloom

"The candidates that can't face Fox, can't face al Qaeda." - Roger Ailes

"The candidates that ca' face Fox, ca' face al Qaeda." - Roger Ailes

"Stategy in Iraq- defeat al-Qaeda; limit Iran's influence." - John Mccain

"Denying Al Qaeda safe haven was the right decision." - George W Bush

"There's no connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq." - George Clooney

"Al Qaeda is closely aligned with the Chechens." - Barton Gellman

"The chief al Qaeda recruiting tool is the net." - Bill O'Reilly

"The chief al Qaeda recruiting tool is the net." - Bill Oreilly

"Accusations fit on Greenwald really sounds like he's against all surveillance unless you can find a guy with the Al Qaeda card, wearing an Al Qaeda baseball cap, an Al Qaeda uniform." - Alan Dershowitz

"Al Qaeda has come back. Al Qaeda is a resilient organization. But they're not here in large numbers. But al Qaeda doesn't have to be anywhere in large numbers." - John R Allen

"His regime has had high-level contacts with al Qaeda going back a decade and has provided training to al Qaeda terrorists." - Dick Cheney

"We as Iraqis have suffered enormously as a result of al-Qaeda and its leader." - Hoshyar Zebari

"The forces we face represent very hardened elements of Al Qaeda and Taliban, true deadenders." - Donald Rumsfeld

"There's overwhelming evidence that there was a connection between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi government" - Dick Cheney

"There are extensive contacts between Saddam Hussein's government and al Qaeda." - Joe Lieberman

"Al Qaeda has been placed on the run, but not destroyed." - Rand Paul

"Ambition and hatred are enough to bring Iraq and al Qaeda together" - Colin Powell

"Within a week, or a month, Saddam could give his WMD to al-Qaeda." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Did business with Qatar, a US ally which protects al-Qaeda." - Rudy Giuliani

"Iraq is now the central front in the war against al-Qaeda." - John Mccain

"Fox News is worse than al Qaeda. It's as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan." - Keith Olbermann

"There's more evil in the charts than in an Al-Qaeda suggestion box." - Bill Bailey

"Actually, I think this might be an Al-Qaeda recruitment film." - Charlie Brooker

"There's more evil in the charts than an Al-Qaeda suggestion box." - Bill Bailey

"Will an Iraq war make our Al Qaeda problem worse? Not likely." - Christopher Hitchens

"Al Qaeda is alive and well in Libya, Iraq, Syria and the wars are not receding." - Lindsey Graham

"The blame for the 9/11 attacks lays squarely and exclusively with the Al-Qaeda network." - Kay Granger

"Staying in a very public fight with the U.S. is exactly what Al Qaeda wants." - Richard Engel

"We deny and have always denied having the slightest link with al-Qaeda." - Aslan Maskhadov

"[Saddam Hussein] is a threat because he is dealing with al-Qaeda. . . . A true threat facing our country is that an al-Qaeda-type network trained and armed by Saddam could attack America and not leave one fingerprint." - George W Bush

"We didn't say that 80% [of terrorists], for example, or the majority or the vast majority, are foreigners. We said the vast majority are Al-Qaeda or Al-Qaeda offshoot organizations in this region." - Bashar al-Assad

"If the American administration want to support Al-Qaeda - go ahead. That's what we have to tell them, go ahead and support Al-Qaeda, but don't talk about rebels and free Syrian army." - Bashar al-Assad

"The majority of fighters now are Al-Qaeda. If you want to support them, you are supporting Al-Qaeda, you are creating havoc in the region, and if this region is not stable, the whole world cannot be stable." - Bashar al-Assad

"You know who's upset now with ISIS? Al Qaeda. It's because ISIS is getting more attention than Al Qaeda. So now, Saturday night will be Ayman al-Zawahiri bobblehead night." - David Letterman

"We know that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has some very dangerous, very important leaders who are tied directly to the top leadership of al Qaeda central, including a man who was formerly Osama bin Laden's secretary." - Richard Engel

"It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs." - Janet Napolitano

"There is an irony that the most active anti-gay [groups] are Al-Qaeda and the American Right wing." - Barney Frank

"We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority." - Barack Obama

"The worst nightmare for al Qaeda is to come into a community that feels supported and has hope." - Lindsey Graham

"I heard this rumor that al Qaeda is merging with Hamas. Yeah, I got that tip from Martha Stewart." - David Letterman

"It makes no sense to spend $6 billion a month to go after 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan." - Robert Greenwald

"The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. We've removed an ally of al Qaeda." - George W Bush

"I would guess, I would surmise that some of the more spectacular bombings are done by al Qaeda suiciders." - George W Bush

"One mushroom cloud would change history. My deepest fear is that this is exactly what they Al Qaeda intend." - George Tenet

"There have been linkages between the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda going back more or less a decade." - Douglas J. Feith

"If you refuse to see Superman Returns this summer, what you're saying about yourself is: I heart Al Qaeda." - Christian Finnegan

"I'm going to tell you, what's good for al Qaeda is good for the Democratic Party in this country today." - Rush Limbaugh

"In Nigeria, Hillary Clinton amazingly fought for two years to keep an Al-Qaeda affiliate off the terrorist watch list." - Chris Christie

"At this point, is the average person boarding a plane more fearful of Al Qaeda or TSA?" - Julian Sanchez

"Al Qaeda is very media-savvy and very focused on what goes on in the global media." - Michael Chertoff

"There was no such thing as Al Qaeda in Iraq, until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq." - Barack Obama

"There have been linkages between the Iraqi government and al-Qaeda going back more or less a decade." - Douglas Feith

"At one point people in al Qaeda were actually drawing monthly paychecks when they were based in Sudan." - Peter L Bergen

"President Bashar Assad's regime is in the unique position of being targeted both by Israel and supporters of al Qaeda." - Richard Engel

"What is al Qaeda? It's an open source religious political movement that works off the global supply chain." - Thomas Friedman

"Counterterrorism analysts have known for years that al Qaeda prepares for attacks with elaborate 'targeting packages' of photographs and notes." - Barton Gellman

"I would show up at a party for Al Qaeda if you said there's going to be a dinner." - Gilbert Gottfried

"Preventing radicalization that leads to violence here in America is part of our larger strategy to decisively defeat al Qaeda." - Denis Mcdonough

"At one point people in al Qaeda were actually drawing monthly paychecks when they were based in Sudan." - Peter Bergen

"The reality is that al Qaeda has been trying to attack the United States since long before Iraq." - Ed Royce

"Al Qaeda will always focus on us, the United States. And they will take advantage of any situation." - Dutch Ruppersberger

"All around the world one heard or read that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda." - Peter Schuyler

"To blame the existence of al Qaeda on poverty like Egypt's is a slur on the poor." - P J Orourke

"Saudi Arabia might proceed toward Sharia slower than Al-Qaeda wants. Al-Qaeda wants pedal-to-the-metal, nothing else in focus, we're heading to Sharia, and the Saudis might not be going there fast enough, so Al-Qaeda hits them." - Rush Limbaugh

"Al Qaeda is on the run, partly because the United States is in Afghanistan, pushing on al Qaeda, and working internationally to cut off the flow of funds to al Qaeda. They are having a difficult time. They failed in this endeavor." - Ed Royce

"Saudi hijackers first came into contact with al-Qaeda and went through Terrorism 101 when they signed up for the jihad in Afghanistan." - Thomas Friedman

"The US military has achieved a decisive blow against al-Qaeda with its commando action against Osama Bin Laden and his killing." - Angela Merkel

"We can't say whether Tehran is supporting Al Qaeda, but we do know that al-Qaida people come here from Pakistan through Iran." - Zalmay Khalilzad

"Our mission is to go after Al Qaeda, not the Taliban. Right now, they are in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. We should go after them wherever they are." - Max Cleland

"Certainly there's a connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda. It doesn't surprise me at all that they would be talking to Al Qaeda, that there would be some Al Qaeda there or that Saddam Hussein might even be, you know, discussing gee, I wonder since I don't have any scuds and since the Americans are coming at me, I wonder if I could take advantage of Al Qaeda? How would I do it? Is it worth the risk? What could they do for me?" - Wesley Clark

"God told me to strike at Al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did." - George W Bush

"If it were really the case that terrorists "hate us for our freedoms," we'd be getting more popular with Al Qaeda every month." - Julian Sanchez

"If Islam opposes terrorism, then Saudi Arabia should announce that no one supportive of ISIS or Al Qaeda is welcome in Mecca to make Hajj." - Bob Enyart

"Certainly there's a connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda. It does' surprise me at all that they would be talking to Al Qaeda, that there would be some Al Qaeda there or that Saddam Hussein might even be, you know, discussing gee, I wonder since I do' have any scuds and since the Americans are coming at me, I wonder if I could take advantage of Al Qaeda? How would I do it? Is it worth the risk? What could they do for me?" - Wesley Clark

"And after September the 11th, the United States Congress also granted me additional authority to use military force against al Qaeda. . . ." - George W Bush

"They have involved co-operation between the Iraqi intelligence and al-Qaeda operatives on training and combined operations regarding bomb making and chemical and biological weapons." - Douglas J. Feith

"There are thirty to forty thousand left-wing professors in the United States who are racists, murderers, sexual deviants and supporters of Al-Qaeda." - Pat Robertson

"Some Pakistanis fought for the Taliban. Pakistani extremist groups provided infrastructural support to Al Qaeda. There was a coming and going of Al Qaeda militants and leaders between Afghanistan and Pakistan for several years. All that has really happened is that Al Qaeda has escaped from Afghanistan come into Pakistan, got in touch with their contacts and friends in these extremist groups, which then provided them with safe houses, cars, and not just in the border areas but also in the cities. Rooting out Al Qaeda in Pakistan now is where the main battle is being fought." - Ahmed Rashid

"It's important to understand the origins of ISIS were in the chaos of Iraq and Libya, and the origins of Al Qaeda were in Afghanistan." - Jill Stein

"My core goal is to dismantle, defeat, destroy al Qaeda and its allies that killed Americans and are still plotting to go kill Americans." - Barack Obama

"When you talk about Al-Qaeda it doesn't matter if he's Syrian or American or from Europe or from Asia or Africa." - Bashar al-Assad

"Shortly after news of Zarqawi's death reached the media, al-Qaeda stated its intention to continue its oppression of the Iraqi people." - Mike Fitzpatrick

"Al Qaeda has declared war on the Somali pirates. That is awesome! Evil against evil. Like Alien versus Predator or Cheney versus his lawyer." - Craig Ferguson

"If the word of how they're being treated keeps getting out, we're going to have al-Qaeda people surrendering all over the world trying to get in place." - Rush Limbaugh

"Al Qaeda is a virus and it is spreading. If we fail to stop it, we will pay a very heavy price." - Barham Salih

"The invasion of Afghanistan was justified: that was where Osama bin Laden lived and al Qaeda had its training camps. The invasion of Iraq was not similarly justified." - George Soros

"We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding." - Kurt Vonnegut

"A 'postmodern' organisation serving 'premodern' values, Al Qaeda has planted a question mark over the very idea of what it means to be modern." - John N. Gray

"The White House was signaling that the threat posed by Saddam Hussein was of such urgency that it had priority over the crushing of al Qaeda." - Bob Graham

"We need to understand that an open society and free speech and press... really are the best weapons against al Qaeda and extremism." - Elliott Abrams

"They have involved co-operation between the Iraqi intelligence and al-Qaeda operatives on training and combined operations regarding bomb making and chemical and biological weapons." - Douglas Feith

"Afghanistan remains an opportunity to deal al Qaeda a vital strategic blow, especially since we have abandoned all operations - including counterterrorism operations - in Iraq." - Jack Keane

"Our resolution urges all Latin American and Caribbean countries to designate al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations." - Tom Lantos

"There are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies. There is no equivalent of Al-Qaeda without the terrorism." - Maajid Nawaz

"As you know, there are Al-Qaeda operatives that are taken back into Iran, given training as leaders, and they're moving back into Iraq." - John Mccain

"I strongly support the call to greatly expand our human intelligence capability to penetrate al Qaeda and gather critical intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks on our homeland." - Jim Ramstad

"We could never verify that there was any Iraqi authority, direction and control, complicity with al Qaeda for 9/11 or any operational act against America. Period." - George Tenet

"Applying different standards to al Qaeda does not abandon Geneva, but only recognizes that the U.S. faces a stateless enemy never contemplated by the Conventions." - John Yoo

"That is because the conflict with al Qaeda is not governed by the Geneva Conventions, which applies only to international conflicts between states that have signed them." - John Yoo

"The Justices are currently considering a case, argued last month, which seeks to extend the writ of habeas corpus to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo." - John Yoo

"There were no international terrorists in Iraq until we went in. It was we who gave the perfect conditions in which Al Qaeda could thrive." - Robin Cook

"It was Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda who attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001, not Saddam Hussein and Iraq." - Peter Defazio

"In my judgment, the greatest risks are international terrorist groups like al Qaeda and Hezbollah. The war in Iraq has taken our attention off those priorities." - Bob Graham

"An intelligence analyst may attribute an attack to al Qaeda, whereas a policy maker could opt for the more general 'extremist.'" - Michael Hayden

"The gravest risks from al Qaeda combine its affinity for big targets and its announced desire for weapons of mass destruction." - Barton Gellman

"Searches of al Qaeda sites in Afghanistan, undertaken since American-backed forces took control there, are not known to have turned up a significant cache of nuclear materials." - Barton Gellman

"The attacks of 9/11 came out of Afghanistan. It was a failed state, a rogue nation. That's why al Qaeda was there in the first place." - Sebastian Junger

"I fear that our true motivation is about oil and our own flailing economy; about the failure to destroy Al Qaeda and about revenge." - Dave Matthews

"I want the American people to understand, we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan." - Stanley A Mcchrystal

"The way you really stop Al-Qaeda is by stopping their funding. It's not by carpet-bombing or land invasions or anything." - Adam Mckay

"They have called Operation Iraqi Freedom a war of choice that isn't part of the real war on terror. Someone should tell that to al Qaeda." - John Boehner

"P of what al Qaeda tries to do, and terrorists, is disrupt. Americans should live their lives just as they have every day, but just be aware." - Dutch Ruppersberger

"Al-Qaeda has a kind of loose, almost entrepreneurial structure with lots of cells in various countries that are semi-independent." - Ron Suskind

"Al Qaeda doesn't abide by the Geneva Conventions, so in my opinion, they should not be afforded the protections of them." - Brad Thor

"The United States does not view our authority to use military force against Al Qaeda as being restricted solely to 'hot' battlefields like Afghanistan." - John O Brennan

"Mistreatment of al Qaeda members and their friends and hangers-on is something I number among my moral concerns. But it's number 1,000,000,001." - P J Orourke

"Al Qaeda is still a threat. We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein Obama got elected as president, suddenly everything is going to be OK." - Barack Obama

"I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president and George Bush is not president, Al Qaeda is still a threat." - Barack Obama

"Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda - worse for our society. It's as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was." - Keith Olbermann

"If you don't understand what al Qaeda was trying to do on 9/11, if you don't have a sense of who Osama bin Laden is as a person, if you don't have a sense of what al Qaeda, the organization, was on 9/11, 9/11 appears to be more or less inexplicable." - Peter Bergen

"(Terrorists) are planning to disrupt our democratic process. It's scary I know, but we're not going to let al Qaeda tell us what to do. In fact, our government has decided that if al Qaeda attempts to disrupt our democratic process, we are going to respond by disrupting it first." - Jon Stewart

"All eyes, all attention at the federal level, are on al Qaeda and the war on terror. Fact is, al Qaeda wouldn't last a day in parts of Philadelphia. I've got gangsters with .45s that would run them out of town." - Michael Nutter

"If there's been any use of nerve gas it's the rebels that used it. If there has been a use of chemical weapons it was Al-Qaeda that used the chemical weapons - who gave al-Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here's my theory, Israel gave them the chemical weapons." - George Galloway

"The United States is at war with the al Qaeda terrorist group. Al Qaeda is not a nation-state and it has not signed the Geneva Conventions. It shows no desire to obey the laws of war; if anything it directly violates them by disguising themselves as civilians and attacking purely civilian targets to cause massive casualties." - John Yoo

"Abu Musab al Zarqawi had such a view of holy war. More barbaric, more monstrous even than Osama bin Laden. So much so that Bin Laden opposed many of his ideas. And he did not join al Qaeda, except for one brief period after 2004 where he agreed to be badged as al Qaeda in Mesopotamia." - Michael Ware

"In terms of Iraq, al Qaeda valued Iraq because we destroyed a government it wanted destroyed and because we put soldiers on the ground and forces that they could attack. Al Qaeda is basically an insurgent organization that was formed on the model of the Afghan groups. And being bred in that war, they value a contiguous safe haven as much as anything else." - Michael Scheuer

"Al Qaeda has significance beyond its numbers, frankly. And so for us, our 24-hour-a-day objective is to seek out those al Qaeda cells. And, as we seek them out, to target them and eliminate them. And we're doing that 24 hours a day." - John R Allen

"Based on the people l've spoken to, I think the impression is: Is America safer from Al Qaeda? Yes. Is America weaker as a nation because we have overspent and over-focused on Al Qaeda? Yes. I think that would be the conclusion that people seem to have come to and that I tend to agree with." - Richard Engel

"Al Qaeda is nothing more than a mutant supply chain. They're playing off the same platform as Wal-Mart and Dell. They're just not restrained by it. What is al Qaeda? It's an open source religious political movement that works off the global supply chain. That's what we're up against in Iraq. We're up against a suicide supply chain." - Thomas Friedman

"Al Qaeda is nothing more than a mutant supply chain. They're playing off the same platform as Wal-Mart and Dell. They're just not restrained by it. What is al Qaeda? It's an open source religious political movement that works off the global supply chain." - Thomas Friedman

"Al Qaeda attacked the U.S.S. Cole and bombed several U.S. embassies in East Africa in the late 1990s. We knew who did it, but we didn't go after them. Instead, we beefed up security at our embassies and changed the Navy's rules of engagement. It only served to embolden Al Qaeda." - Kathleen Troia Mcfarland

"We dont want the Taliban to put down roots, or the al Qaeda to put down roots in Afghanistan that can facilitate Afghanistan becoming - once again - a launching pad for international terrorism." - John R Allen

"Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, they all have ties to Iranian money. I think they are the biggest exist - existential threat. Russia could be up there, but it would probably be to one of our NATO allies rather than the homeland." - Eric Bolling

"The L.A. Times reports that al Qaeda terrorists have been traced to Iran, and President Bush is talking tough. In fact he said he will attack the minute he has evidence his approval rating is under 45 percent." - Jay Leno

"If I were running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and be praying as many times as possible for a victory not only for [Barack] Obama but also for the Democrats." - John Howard

"A woman I loved [Andi Parhamovich] was killed in Baghdad in January 2007 - al-Qaeda in Iraq took credit for it ... The memorial service with me crying over an empty coffin." - Michael Hastings

"It's clearly established in terms of training, provision of bomb-making experts, training of people with respect to chemical and biological warfare capabilities, that al-Qaeda sent personnel to Iraq for training and so forth." - Dick Cheney

"There was promulgation of false propaganda by the administration about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There was promulgation of false propaganda about Iraq as a base for Al Qaeda." - Jimmy Carter

"Credible reporting indicates that Al Qaeda is moving forward with its plans to carry out a large-scale attack in the United States in an effort to disrupt our democratic process..." - Tom Ridge

"This is not the first time that Mexican authorities have handed over an Arab from a country with known Al Qaeda connections to a local sheriff across the border. FBI picks them up and disappears" - John Culberson

"Al Qaeda, the Taliban, a whole host of networks that are bent on attacking America, who have a distorted ideology, who have perverted the faith of Islam, and so we have to go after them." - Barack Obama

"We have come from a time of the large-scale, planned, Al Qaeda-style attacks, to the encouragement of lone wolves: Fort Hood, Chattanooga. To the encouragement of people to act on their own." - Barack Obama

"I have never once been persuaded as to the causal link between the Iraqi regime, al-Qaeda and September 11. I do believe the impact of war under these circumstances is bound to weaken the international coalition against terrorism itself ..." - Charles Kennedy

"There is ample evidence that the horrific events of Sept. 11 have been carefully manipulated to switch public focus from Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, who masterminded the Sept. 11th attacks, to Saddam Hussein, who did not." - Robert Byrd

"It's clearly established in terms of training, provision of bomb-making experts, training of people with respect to chemical and biological warfare capabilities, that al-Qaeda sent personnel to Iraq for training and so forth." - Dick Cheney

"It is important for everybody to insure that the process will go on, that the ceasefire will hold. Of course, there is no ceasefire against Daesh [the Islamic State], Jabhat al Nusra, and Al Qaeda." - Mohammad Javad Zarif



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