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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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KARACHI -- Karachi police on Saturday claimed to have arrested a terrorist belonging to banned militant outfit AlQaeda and also seized a huge cache of explosives and weapons.
We have arrested a hardcore militant of alQaeda with arms and explosives,' said SSP Hamid.
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Alqaeda dans le sillage de la theorie de Ben Laden s'en prenait a l'empire incarnee par satan et ses deux tours jumelles.
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But in their push to widen their control zone to the south, they faced a fierce resistance by tribes allied with AlQaeda militants, who are strongly active in Yemen.
Daesh [the Islamic State] and An Nusra Front [a branch of AlQaeda in Syria], "who play foot ball with the heads of their decapitated victims," Shaikholeslam said.
Incharge CID's anti terrorism unit, Raja Umar Khattab, claimed that he had received on Thursday night information from secrete D that the ALQaeda commander is present in Qayumabad neighborhood and planning to carry out an attack on officers of intelligence.
27 (Saba) - Police in cooperation with Houthi popular committees managed on Friday to defuse an improvised explosive device (IED) in Alqaeda district in Ibb governorate.
WAM did not give details of the evidence against the defendants butsaid theyare accused of joining AlQaeda, forming a cell and funding the AlNusra Front.
Breaking: AlQaeda Media Production House "Al Sahab" Opens a Twitter Account You might hate AlQaeda and say that they spread propaganda and they should be banned from speaking their mind, but is this free speech?