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or al-Qai·da  (ăl-kā′də, -kī′də)
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.

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


(ælˈkaɪdə; ælkɑːˈiːdə) or


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a loosely-knit militant Islamic organization led and funded by Osama bin Laden, by whom it was established in the late 1980s from Arab volunteers who had fought the Soviet troops previously based in Afghanistan; known or believed to be behind a number of operations against Western, esp US, interests, including bomb attacks on two US embassies in Africa in 1998 and the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York in 2001
[C20: from Arabic al-qā`ida the base]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Afghanistan, Islamic State of Afghanistan - a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south; "Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in 1979"
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947


, al-Qaida
nal-Qaida no art, → El Kaida no art
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Taken with the current , and very widespread perception in the region, of Israel as a client State armed by the United States, a further increase in the anti-American mood in the region, consequent support for paramilitaries such as alQaida is likely to be the longer term consequence of a war.
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To a question regarding terrorism issue, Marie Harf said that alQaida had been allowed to flourish in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past but now the terrorism has become much more diffuse as it has moved to places like ISIL, Boko Haram, AlShabaab, AQAP, and tragically, seen in Europe recently as well.
As such, the Council, acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter which authorizes the use of force condemned any engagement in direct or indirect trade, in particular of oil and oil products, and modular refineries, with ISIL, ANF and AlQaida affiliates, and reiterated that such engagement would constitute support for such individuals, groups, undertakings and entities and may lead to further listings by the relevant Sanctions Committee.
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According to the manual, the alQaida call for a confrontation that "knows the dialogue of bullets; ideals of assassination, bombing, and destruction; and diplomacy of the cannon and machine gun.
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SAUDI Arabia killed four suspected terrorists, including the reputed leader of alQaida in the kingdom, it was reported yesterday.