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 (mə-sä′də, -tsä-dä′)
An ancient mountaintop fortress in southeast Israel on the southwest shore of the Dead Sea. In ad 73, after a two-year siege, members of the Zealot Jewish movement committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans.


(Placename) an ancient mountaintop fortress in Israel, 400 m (1300 ft) above the W shore of the Dead Sea: the last Jewish stronghold during a revolt in Judaea (66–73 ad). Besieged by the Romans for a year, almost all of the inhabitants killed themselves rather than surrender. The site is an Israeli national monument


(məˈsɑ də)

an ancient fortress in Israel on the SW shore of the Dead Sea.
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Usama Bin Laden would use his experiences of organizing Sheikh Azzam's offices for Arab jihadists to not only become a major executive of this organization, but also to form his own stand-alone training camps in 1985 called Massadah Al-Ansar (Lion's Den of Companions).
This was a time in which Bin Laden created Massadah Al-Ansar and had 280 fighters under his own command called the khurasa (silent) brigade, his fighters were divided into two groups: an assault group led by Mohammed Islambooli (brother of Anwar Sadat's assassin) and a support group.
Bin Laden licked his wounds, recruited and developed his network of caves at Massadah Al-Ansar in the mountain region of Jaji.
Bin Laden was offered a Sudanese diplomatic passport, and Sudan's policy of requiring no visas for anyone coming from a Muslim country allowed him to bring remnants of his Massadah Al-Ansar group to Sudan.
Usama Bin Laden Yarwi Maarek Massadah Al-Ansar Al-Arab bee Afghanistan (Usama Bin Laden Narrates the Battles of the Arabs of Massadah Al-Ansar in Afghanistan) was published in 1991, by Manar Al-Jadid Press in Cairo.
Interview Between the Author and Bin Laden on Forming Massadah Al-Ansar
According to the book, the formation of Bin Laden's Massadah Al-Ansar (The Lion Den of the Companions) was a gradual process and represents a historic moment in the Arab jihadist movement.