6,372. 5/18/2005

Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi justified the deaths of Iraqi civilians in insurgency attacks “in an audio recording on 18 May 2005: ‘The shedding of Muslim blood…is allowed in order to avoid the greater evil of disrupting jihad.’ “

 – Abdel Bari Atwan, The Secret History of al Qaeda, Page 286

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