- a radical Sunni Muslim organization dedicated to the elimination of a Western presence in Arab countries and militantly opposed to Western foreign policy: founded by Osama bin Laden in 1988.
Origin of al-Qaeda
From the Arabic word al-qa'ida, literally, the base
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Examples from the Web for al-qaida
Cheney is relying on some thin evidence to tie Hussein to al-Qaida.
“To the fundamentalist leadership of al-Qaida, Saddam represented the worst kind of ‘apostate’ regime,” they wrote.
Abu Ghaithm, who has pled not guilty, is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial in the U.S. since the 2001 attacks.The Daily Beast Looks Ahead: March 3-9
March 3, 2014
President Obama 2: "Al-Qaida will only draw strength in a more chaotic Syria."Obama’s Split Personality: The Speech for Peace…and War
September 11, 2013
We will relentlessly go after al-Qaida, its affiliates, and its wannabes.Hillary's Farewell Speech: Read the Transcript
The Daily Beast
February 1, 2013
To date we have arrested, or otherwise dealt with, many key commanders of al-Qaida.
We are tracking al-Qaida around the world - and nearly two-thirds of their known leaders have now been captured or killed.
The first to see our determination were the Taliban, who made Afghanistan the primary training base of al-Qaida killers.
- 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, especially 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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