(noun) a terroristnetwork intensely opposed to the UnitedStates that dispensesmoney and logisticalsupport and training to a widevariety of radicalIslamicterroristgroups;hascellsinmore than 50countries
(noun) 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
Use "qaeda" in a sentence
"Something reasonable would be preferable, not just as 'when all the terrorists are gone' or 'when al-qaeda is gone', since none of those situations will give cause to return to the pre-'war on terror 'state of affairs."
"Weird how the Democrat media says Al-qaeda is winning."
"Al qaeda, the Taliban and allied groups are strong in northwestern Pakistan, but Mansehra lies outside the tribal belt next to Afghanistan, where the militants have their main bases and is relatively peacefully."