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  • n. a Shiite terrorist organization with strong ties to Iran; seeks to create an Iranian fundamentalist Islamic state in Lebanon; car bombs are the signature weapon
  • n. an Islamic extremist group active since the late 1970s; seeks to overthrow the Egyptian government and replace it with an Islamic state; works in small underground cells


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  • An Islamic Jihad Council, formed in Peshawar by several of the Mujahideen factions, would oversee things for two months, led by Sibghatullah Mojadidi.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • Therefore, I should have written, “They compose (‘form, produce’) a terror coalition” or—equally correctly—“The terrorist coalition comprises (‘includes, contains, embraces, brings together’) not only Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah but also Arafat’s Force 17 and his personal Tanzim militia.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • • Meanwhile, the pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad and the Iranian-dominated “Party of God”—the Hizballah, a group of terrorists based in Syria and trained, equipped, and controlled by Iranian Revolutionary Guards—had embarked on what could only be described as a savage campaign of terrorism against American citizens.

    An American Life

  • His advice to Zawahiri came upon their return to Afghanistan [in 1996], when bin Laden ensured the safety of Zawahiri and the [Egyptian] Islamic Jihad members under the banner of the Taliban.

    The Longest War


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