Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An international organization of loosely affiliated cells that carry out attacks and bombings in the attempt to disrupt the economies and influence of Western nations and advance Islamic fundamentalism.

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  • proper noun A worldwide network of militant Islamic organizations and individuals.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic al-qā‘ida, the base : al-, the + qā‘ida, base, feminine active participle of qa‘ada, to sit; see qעd in Semitic roots.]

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Representing Arabic القاعدة (al-qāʕida, "the foundation, the base").

Examples

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'UK \'al-Qaeda\' row police boss quits '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Britain\'s most senior counter-terrorism officer has resigned following a security blunder that forced police to bring forward an operation to prevent a suspected al-Qaeda plot. '

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  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Hayden: U.S. Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Less than a year after his agency warned of new threats from a resurgent al-Qaeda, CIA Director Michael Hayden now portrays the terrorist movement as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout much of the rest of the world, including in its presumed haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.'

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  • Al-Qaeda to release online English magazine TERROR group al-Qaeda is set to release its first online English magazine.

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  • Al-Qaeda to release online English magazine TERROR group al-Qaeda is set to release its first online English magazine.

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  • MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA blends portions of Wright's play with backstage chats, archived television clips and footage of Wright's interviews of people with ties to al-Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalist movement.

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  • EGYPTIAN ISLAMISTS URGE AL-QAEDA TO DECLARE A TRUCE Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah (JI - The Islamic Group), once one of Egypt's most feared Islamist terrorist organizations, has issued a statement urging al-Qaeda to observe a ...

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  • EGYPTIAN ISLAMISTS URGE AL-QAEDA TO DECLARE A TRUCE Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah (JI - The Islamic Group), once one of Egypt's most feared Islamist terrorist organizations, has issued a statement urging al-Qaeda to observe a ...

    Jamestown Foundation: All Publications

  • EGYPTIAN ISLAMISTS URGE AL-QAEDA TO DECLARE A TRUCE Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah (JI - The Islamic Group), once one of Egypt's most feared Islamist terrorist organizations, has issued a statement urging al-Qaeda to observe a ...

    Jamestown Foundation: All Publications

  • EGYPTIAN ISLAMISTS URGE AL-QAEDA TO DECLARE A TRUCE Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah (JI - The Islamic Group), once one of Egypt's most feared Islamist terrorist organizations, has issued a statement urging al-Qaeda to observe a ...

    Jamestown Foundation: All Publications

  • EGYPTIAN ISLAMISTS URGE AL-QAEDA TO DECLARE A TRUCE Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah (JI - The Islamic Group), once one of Egypt's most feared Islamist terrorist organizations, has issued a statement urging al-Qaeda to observe a ...

    Jamestown Foundation: All Publications

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