In a Friday sermon, Sudanese cleric Muhammad Al-Jazouli said that all U.S. embassies and interests would become "legitimate targets" in the event of a U.S. airstrike on ISIS forces in Iraq. Targets would include tourist resorts, universities, coffee shops, restaurants, airplanes, ships, shops, and companies, he said in the sermon, calling upon the youth to "play a role in defending the nucleus of the caliphate."
Following are excerpts from the sermon, which was posted on the Internet on June 13, 2014.
Muhammad Al-Jazouli: Oh Americans, if your armed forces land in Iraq once again, this will mean a new phase in targeting you – your tourist resorts, your embassies in our Arab capitals, your diplomatic delegations, your universities and schools, your coffee shops and restaurants, your airplanes and ships, your shops and companies.
Oh Americans, give the White House idiot a smack on the hand, so that he will not lead you once again into attrition, which will cause further deterioration and collapse of your economy.
Following these victories, I would like to address two kinds of youths. First, let me address the youths who sit on the sidelines, as reserves. They have not entered the fray. They warm up on the sidelines. Reserves. I say to them: Enter the fray and join the game.
If a single American plane flies over Iraq in order to strike at ISIS, it will be one of our most obligatory religious duties to support the nucleus of the righteous caliphate, by turning all the American embassies and interests into legitimate targets. Play a role in defending the nucleus of the caliphate!