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{n: Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades} a terrorist group that has worked with Al Qaeda; claimed responsibility for attacks in Iraq and Turkey



{n: Ansar al Islam, Ansar al-Islam, Supporters of Islam} a radical Islamic group of terrorists in the Iraqi part of Kurdistan who oppose an independent secular nation as advocated by the United States; some members fought with the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan; said to receive financial support from Saddam Hussein

{n: Asbat al-Ansar, Band of Partisans} an extremist Palestinian Sunni group active in Lebanon in the early 1990s that advocates Salafism; responsible for murders and bombings; seeks to overthrow the Lebanese government and control Palestinian refugee camps; funded by al-Qaeda

{n: International Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders} a terrorist group organized by Osama bin Laden in 1998 that provided an umbrella organization for al-Qaeda and other militant groups in Egypt and Algeria and Pakistan and Bangladesh

{n: Islamic Army of Aden, IAA, Islamic Army of Aden-Abyan, Aden-Abyan Islamic Army} Yemen-based terrorist group that supports al-Qaeda's goals; seeks to overthrow the Yemeni government and eliminate United States interests; responsible for bombings and kidnappings and killing Western tourists in Yemen

{n: Jemaah Islamiyah, JI, Islamic Group, Islamic Community, Malaysian Mujahidin Group, Malaysia Militant Group} a clandestine group of southeast Asian terrorists organized in 1993 and trained by al-Qaeda; supports militant Muslims in Indonesia and the Philippines and has cells in Singapore and Malaysia and Indonesia

{n: Jund-ul-Islam, Soldiers of God} an Islamic extremist group of Kurds who oppose secular control with bombings and assassinations; believed to have ties with al-Qaeda

{n: Kaplan Group, Association of Islamic Groups and Communities, Caliphate State} a Turkish terrorist group of fundamentalist Muslims with ties to al-Qaeda that operates in Germany; seeks the violent overthrow of the Turkish government and the establishment of an Islamic nation modeled on Iran

{n: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi} a Sunni Muslim extremist group in Pakistan that collaborates with al-Qaeda; the armed wing of Sipah-e-Sahaba

{n: Lashkar-e-Omar, Al Qanoon} a terrorist organization formed in Pakistan in 2002 as a coalition of extremist Islamic militant groups including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad and elements of al-Qaeda

{n: Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, FIG, Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya, Libyan Fighting Group, Libyan Islamic Group} a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi

{n: Maktab al-Khidmat, MAK} a terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in the 1980s to provide money and recruit fighters around the world; enlisted and transported thousands of men to Afghanistan to fights the Russians; a split in the group led bin Laden and the extremist faction of MAK to form al-Qaeda

{n: Salafist Group, Salafast Group for Call and Combat, GSPC} an Algerian extremist Islamic offshoot of the Armed Islamic Group; now the largest and most active armed terrorist group in Algeria that seeks to overthrow the government; a major source of support and recruitment for al-Qaeda operations in Europe and northern Africa

{n: Sipah-e-Sahaba} a vicious sectarian organization in Pakistan that persecutes Shiite Muslims and collaborates with al-Qaeda to attack foreigners and to disrupt the government of Pakistan

{n: Umma Tameer-e-Nau, UTN} a nongovernmental organization of Pakistani scientists that has been a supporter of terrorism; has provided information about chemical and biological and nuclear warfare to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and the Taliban

{n: al Itihaad al Islamiya, al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, Islamic Unity, AIAI} a fundamentalist Islamic group in Somalia who initially did fundraising for al-Qaeda; responsible for ambushing United States Army Rangers and for terrorist bombings in Ethiopia; believed to have branches in several countries

{n: al-Qaeda, Qaeda, al-Qa'ida, al-Qaida, Base} 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

{n: al-Rashid Trust} a terrorist group organized in 1996 after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and part of Osama bin Laden's international system; provides financial support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda and Jaish-i-Mohammed and assists Muslim militants around the world; established a network of madrasas and mosques in Afghanistan

{n: big shot, big gun, big wheel, big cheese, big deal, big enchilada, big fish, head honcho} an important influential person
"he thinks he's a big shot"
"she's a big deal in local politics"
"the Qaeda commander is a very big fish"

{n: bin Laden, Osama bin Laden, Usama bin Laden} Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957)

{n: sleeper cell} a cell of sleepers
"an al-Qaeda sleeper cell may have used Arizona as its base"


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