Definitions

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

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Etymologies

Arabic al-qā'ida, the base : al-, the + qā'ida, foundation, base, feminine participle of qa'ada, to sit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Representing Arabic القاعدة (al-qāʕida, "the foundation, the base"). (Wiktionary)

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. '

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: UK 'al-Qaeda' row police boss quits

  • 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.'

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Hayden: U.S. Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda

  • 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.

    BellaOnline - The Voice of Women

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

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • 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

  • Iraqi Officials Blame Al-Qaeda/Ba'ath Alliance for Recent Attacks writes that U.S. military officials believe al-Qaeda was behind recent attacks in Iraq, while many Iraqi officials are blaming a joint al-Qaeda/Ba'ath alliance:

    Pajamas Media

  • Appearing officially in January under the label "Al-Qaeda in the south of the Arabian Peninsula - Brigades soldiers of Yemen", the local al-Qaeda branch has already claimed numerous attacks against security forces.

    Jihad Monitor

  • Al-Qaeda Extends Network To Big Cities Of Pakistan yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Al-Qaeda Extends Network To Big Cities Of Pakistan'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Pakistani leaders have now been accepting the fact that al-Qaeda is present in Pakistan.

    Al-Qaeda Extends Network To Big Cities Of Pakistan

  • SAUDI AL-QAEDA LEADER OUTLINES NEW STRATEGY AND TACTICS OF AL-QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA In a statement delivered on Saudi Arabia's state-owned Al-Ikhbariyah TV, a former leading member of al-Qaeda in Yemen, now in ...

    Jamestown Foundation: All Publications

  • The article "Al-Qaeda In Iraq Reported Crippled -- Many Officials, However, Warn Of Its Resilience" states "The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq.

    Declare "Mission Accomplished" again.

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