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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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The enclave is now surrounded by enemies including Al Quaida affiliates, Turkishsupported jihadi groups and the forces of the Turkish state itself.
It had been devastated by the suspected al Quaida bombing of its main hotel and he said it was clear the people were struggling.
In the coming days after the withdrawal of US/NATO forces from Afghanistan and in case of failure in peace talks with TTP, our Army and ISI will be engaged more to combat any possible Al Quaida revival in the shape of terrorist activity.
There is already evidence the Finn said, that Al Quaida has changed the way it communicates as a result of the details revealed by Snowden.
On 11 March 2004 a terrorist attack in Madrid by a group with links to Al Quaida killed 191 people and injured another 1,858.
While the Pakistan Government does cooperate with the US on "two dozen" captures or killings of Al Quaida officials every year, its protection of forces that are killing American troops outweighs the benefits of US support, Kirk argued.
TERRORISM, nationalism and intimidation in the name of religion have been reported in The Journal virtually since our first issue on May 12, 1832, from Boer insurgent groups to the IRA, the Viet Cong, Hezbollah and al Quaida.
It centres on the idea of what would happen if a religious group wanted to destroy prevailing values, but a huge difference between this group and Al Quaida is that this is a doctrine of love.
A SOLDIER from Eve-sham has spoken of his key role in a major offensive against the Taliban and Al Quaida in Afghanistan.
No way is a city such as Liverpool going to be bombed by al Quaida.
It's a pity Shelley-Anne wasn't one of them there Al Quaida folk," added Mr Shootspatrick.