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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In respect of this country, all I can say is that we have increased levels of vigilance precisely because we can see very obviously the threat that al-Qaida pose.
This man was involved in a number of contacts with al-Qaida.
He demanded the al-Qaida force disarm and walk out of the Tora Bora and Milawa valleys in eastern Afghanistan by tomorrow morning or face a new attack.
The al-Qaida gunmen were attempting to move weapons which they looted in the 19th Infantry Brigade last month," the source said.
If the claim of direct responsibility holds up, it would make the attacks in France the most deadly strike planned and financed by al-Qaida on Western soil since the transit bombings in London in 2005 that killed 52 people.
Yemeni security services have repeatedly blamed militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot for a series of assassination attacks, mostly in the country's southern regions.
The Saudi national was originally put on the sanctions list because of his association with Al-Qaida terrorist group.
The US has described AQAP as the most dangerous wing of al-Qaida.
For all these reasons, it is harder than ever for the Al-Qaida core in Pakistan to plan and execute large-scale, potentially catastrophic attacks against our homeland, he said adding that it is increasingly clear that, compared to 9/11, the core Al-Qaida leadership is a shadow of its former self.
That there have long been links between al-Qaida and the government of Iran is not exactly news.
Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian-born surgeon, has been credited with bringing tactical and organisational cunning to al-Qaida.
The sheer size of the desert and the inhospitable terrain are no doubt what allow fast-moving Al-Qaida units to escape detection and destruction.