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n. pl. mu·ja·hi·deen or mu·ja·hi·din (mo͞o-jä′hĕ-dēn′)
1. One engaged in a jihad, especially as a guerrilla warrior.
2. One of the Muslim guerrilla warriors that resisted the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s with the support of the United States and Pakistan.

[Ultimately (partly via Persian) from Arabic mujāhid, one who fights in a jihad, active participle of jāhada, to fight; see ghd in Semitic roots.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mujahideen - a military force of Muslim guerilla warriors engaged in a jihad; "some call the mujahidin international warriors but others just call them terrorists"
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
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
Mujahedeen Khalq - Iranian guerillas based in Iraq
mujahid - a Muslim engaged in what he considers to be a jihad
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The US was the main source of political, military and logistical support for the Afghan resistance. At the cost of about 1.5 million Afghan lives, the Soviet Union was defeated and its occupation ended in 1989, while the last communist ruler, Mohammed Najibullah, was ousted in 1992.
In 1981 US entered the arena and helped Afghan resistance militarily and materially.
In 1981 the US entered the arena and helped Afghan resistance militarily and materially.
He who was the founder of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan was one of the prominent figures in the Afghan resistance against the Soviet occupation.
These advantages are predicated by US assumptions of Pakistan's state institutions controlling the Afghan resistance. Any impulse to help the USA out of any goodwill should not be allowed to override Pakistan's own national interests.
Meanwhile, Taj Ayubi, an international affairs advisor to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and someone who played an active role in the Afghan resistance against the Soviets, also told ANI, "Pakistan is financially stapled and is almost on the verge of an economic collapse.
As regards Afghan resistance against Soviet forces that had invaded and occupied Afghanistan in late 1970s, Pakistan supported Afghan resistance that resulted in defeat to Soviet forces and later its disintegration.
(2) Terminating the US-Pakistan security relationship, thereby imperilling the Afghan resistance to Soviet occupation, doing grave and long-term harm to US political and security interests in Southwest Asia and with China, and convincing Pakistan it had nothing further to lose by building nuclear weapons or even conducting a nuclear test.
Summary: The Afghan resistance might never again be able to take Kabul, but it is effectively running more than half the country, reducing the capital to a cage.
Moreover, it is quite understandable that by attacking Kabul Afghan resistance forces are hedging against indiscriminate US aerial strikes, particularly the 'mother of all bombs', an 11 ton device dropped on eastern Afghanistan on April 13, 2017.
The Taliban, forming the core of Afghan resistance, have kept the Kabul forces on the run and the American forces holed up in their compounds.
Neither the Soviet Union nor the British empire at the height of its power were able to overcome Afghan resistance to a foreign military presence, and we now have 16 years of evidence that the United States cannot do it either.

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