al-Qaida


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al-Qae·da

or al-Qai·da  (ăl-kā′də, -kī′də)
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.

[Arabic al-qā'ida, the base : al-, the + qā'ida, base, feminine active participle of qa'ada, to sit; see qʕd in Semitic roots.]
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Noun1.al-Qaida - 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
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Department of the Treasury took action to disrupt the operations, fundraising, and support networks that help al-Qaida move money and operatives from South Asia and across the Middle East by imposing sanctions on three al-Qaida senior members located in Iran.
WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, the highest ranking leader of the network of veteran al-Qaida operatives called the Khorasan Group, has been killed in a recent airstrike, the Pentagon announced Sunday.
19 (PNA/Xinhua) --Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, the highest ranking leader of the network of veteran al-Qaida operatives called the Khorasan Group, has been killed in a recent airstrike, the Pentagon announced Sunday.
We have confirmed that Abu Khalil al-Sudani, a high-ranking al-Qaida operational commander, was killed by a US airstrike in Bermal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on July 11, 2015," Cook said in the statement.
air strike in Afghanistan killed a senior al-Qaida commander in charge of suicide bombing and two other militants, the Pentagon said Friday.
successes over the years in targeting and killing senior al-Qaida operatives in their home base has left the militant group's leadership diminished and facing difficult choices, counterterrorism officials and analysts say.
Yemen's al-Qaida thrives on Sunni backlash to Shiite rebel
Chennai -- Ayman al-Zawahiri's threat to form al-Qaida in India has unnerved intelligence agencies in the country forcing them to look for possible links between some of the homegrown extremist outfits and al-Qaida, Indian media reported on Saturday.
Member states in North Africa, the Middle-East and Europe are already grappling with the reality of returning fighters with experience of working with Al-Qaida affiliates.
The charges - conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiring to provide support to al-Qaida and providing support to al Qaida - carry a potential penalty of life in prison.
The most ambitious al-Qaida plot against Israel since 2000 was thwarted yesterday, the Washington Post reports.
TIMBUKTU, Mali - The convoy of cars bearing the black al-Qaida flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed.