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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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WASHINGTON, July 24 (KUNA) -- The Defense Department confirmed that a senior Al-Qaeda leader was killed earlier this month by a US airstrike in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement issued Friday.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- According to several news sources, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have agreed to stop fighting each other and have decided to join forces against their opponents.
SANA'A, June 7-Over a month after the Yemeni military's latest offensive against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Abyan and Shabwa began, the Ministry of Defense on Thursday claimed that the conflict left 500 Al-Qaeda affiliates and 40 soldiers dead.
Dr Aymal Al-Zawahiri became the chief of Al-Qaeda after the sudden killing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) by Americans in 2011.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was an al-Qaeda spokesman after 9/11, could face life in prison when he is sentenced in September for conspiring to kill Americans and aiding al-Qaeda.
Summary: Faced with open defiance from the leader of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and Iraq, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri publicly expelled the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), suspending its franchise and stripping it of its status as part of the Al-Qaeda global enterprise.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Qaeda disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose members have been locked in deadly clashes with Syrian armed opposition, according to a statement posted on jihadist websites.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the Iraqi Awakening Conference, Ahmed Abu Risha confirmed that who tolerate with al-Qaeda is a criminal against Iraq and the Iraqis.
After the toppling of Taleban regime in 2001, Al-Qaeda abandoned the idea of a control center and transformed itself into a loose network comprising various groups like Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic State of Morocco, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Addressing an audience of US Marines at a base in California on Wednesday, Obama stated that "the core of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the way to defeat.
A fragmented and weakened Al Qaeda has not been extinguished," it said, adding: "the reality of Al Qaeda's diminished capabilities and limited appeal does not mean that the threat of Al-Qaeda attacks has passed.
Major General Hassan Firuzabadi, the highest ranking military officer in Iran as chairman of the Joint Staff, said, "We warn the so-called 'Friends of Syria' who back al-Qaeda against the legal government of Syria to fear the fate of the dismissed Qatari emir, who was the first victim of his investment in al-Qaeda and of the enmity of the Islamic world.