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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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, al-Qaida
nal-Qaida no art, → El Kaida no art
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The United States has doubled the bounty placed on two al-Qaeda suspects in connection with 1998 US Embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam to Sh1billion.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A military coalition battling Ansarullah forces secured secret deals with al-Qaeda in Yemen and recruited hundreds of the group's fighters, according to a news report on Monday.
THE YEARS FOLLOWING THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND PRECEDING THE ARAB Spring marked a period of tumult for al-Qaeda. The jihadist organization lost a number of key commanders after the United States invaded Afghanistan, including several involved in planning operations outside the region.
As the Islamic State group (IS) suffers a downfall after its defeat in Syria and Iraq, a new challenge is rising: a revived Al-Qaeda, and its affiliates, which has started to regain its previous status as the world's top terrorist threat.
Washington -- The US military killed a commander from the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan who also served as an Al-Qaeda facilitator in an airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktika late last month.
KABUL: Afghan and coalition forces killed 81 al-Qaeda members including its top commander in Afghanistan during separate operations, Afghan spy agency claimed Tuesday.
A trove of 470,000 documents released by the CIA has revealed close ties between Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda and the Iranian regime.
Summary: Lahore [Pakistan], Oct.3 (ANI): Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi has been serving as an attractive base for global jihadi groups such as al-Qaeda and its affiliates since the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
Al-Qaeda's Revenge is an excellent, well-sourced monograph analyzing the March 11, 2004 terrorist attacks on four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain.
QUETTA -- Balochistan Home Minister, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said six militants including a leader of outlawed militant organization, Al-Qaeda, had been arrested in a security forces' operation in Noshki area of Balochistan.
The US Treasury last Wednesday sanctioned three members of Al-Qaeda living in Iran, saying they had helped the group on the battlefield, with finance and logistics, and in dealing with Iran.
Zawahiri even asked "would the arch-criminals accept JN if it left Al-Qaeda?" while addressing the subject.