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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.]
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(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]
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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
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Fazullah Wahidi governor of Kunar told BNA, Mullah Shahpoor Pakistani Taliban commander with 2 members of AlQaeda were killed.
Renegade Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden and his alQaeda terrorist network are blamed.
Appeals of 14 convicts belonging to different terror outfits including TehreekeTaliban Pakistan (TTP), LashkareJhangvi, SipaheSahaba, Jundullah and AlQaeda are still pending in the provincial high court.
ISLAMABAD, July 19, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Police has said that Mian Channu blast accused Master Riazs link with Baitullah Mehsud has been proved but there was no evidence about his connection with alQaeda. According to ARY TV Channel, Arif Ikram Regional Police Officer Multan Range, has said that Master Riaz has been trained in suicide jacket making and planting landmines.
There the 43-year-old has become a leading figure among the more than 600 detainees, who laud his part in the alQaeda leader's escape, they said.
The counsel for the petitioner told the court Indian Commission had identified chief of Jamat ul Dawwat Hafiz Saeed and Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi as leaders of AlQaeda while no record has been presented against his client which poses any threat to law and order situation.
In today's foreign policy speech to the Lord Mayor's banquet in the City of London, Mr Blair is expected to warn that, despite successes over the past year, such as the overthrow of the Taleban, the threat from AlQaeda remains real and serious.
Intelligence has shown that the Syrian arm of a resurgent alQaeda is planning similar outrages against the UK, possibly by British jihadists who have already returned from fighting in Syria or Iraq.
Around 16,000 Taliban and alQaeda troops begin massing for offensive against Northern Alliance Bin Laden warns of attack against U.S.
The area has been reportedly a hub for alQaeda and Taliban militants since the early 2000s.
The shootings bring to three the total number of fatalities involving British troops in Afghanistan - and not one has been a victim of AlQaeda terrorists.
It is one of the seven tribal districts in Pakistan, where the military in engaged in operations against AlQaeda militants.