Al-Qaeda Definition

ăl-kādə, -kīdə, -kä-ēdə
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.
American Heritage
A radical Islamic organization operating through an international network of secret cells: it claims to be engaged in a jihad and has been responsible for many acts of terrorism.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Al-Qaeda

  • Arabic al-qā‘ida the base al- the qā‘ida base feminine active participle of qa‘ada to sit qʕd in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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