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mu·ja·hid

 (mo͞o-jä′hĭd′)
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.]
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 Los Angeles Times reported on October 7, 2001 that a unit of Islamic moujahedeen in Bosnia had been financed by bin Laden "by means of small convoys of recruits from the Arab world through his businesses in Sudan, according to Mideast sources.
He vowed to liberate the hall of Palestine by fitting on the side of Moujahedeen there in order to prevent the implantation of refugees in Lebanon .
As a citizen of a country that has supported such terrorists as the Nicaraguan Contras, UNITA in Angola, the Moujahedeen in Afghanistan, Cuban exiles in Miami, and the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Chile, the American poet reaps and suffers the rewards of American terrorism, which are part of his or her specter, his anti-imaginative blockage, whether he acknowledges such or not.