The following are excerpts from an interview with Iraqi cleric Muhammad Makkawi Al-Dahalaki:
Sheik Muhammad Makawi Al-Dahalaki: A resistance that fights occupation is a (legitimate) resistance. This is an honorable resistance. As for the person who comes… I say to any person who wants to blow himself up, wants to kill, and wants to blow up a car: On the highways, on the main roads there are American military convoys. Let him carry out the explosions there. Why does he go to the police stations? Why does he go to the schools? Why does he go near hospitals? These people and even the police are our countrymen, who want to earn a living and prevent theft and, indeed, they've reduced the rate of theft. Despite the corruption in the police, theft had declined. So why do the police and the National Gourd serve as a target? Why doesn't he target the US? His resistance should always target the US.