ji·​had·​ist | \ji-ˈhä-dist, chiefly British -ˈha-\

Definition of jihadist 

: a Muslim who advocates or participates in a jihad

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Some of the desert-dwelling Tuareg people, who have transported goods for centuries, are now smuggling weapons, men and money for cash-rich jihadist insurgencies. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "‘A Nest of Spies’: Niger’s Deserts Become Front Line of Fight Against Jihadism," 17 Sep. 2018 The strife is also affecting the fight against Boko Haram, a jihadist insurgency that has spilled over from Nigeria into neighbouring countries. The Economist, "Repression is worsening in Cameroon amid an uprising over language," 31 May 2018 Then a homegrown jihadist group began to form and attacks became more brazen. Brahima Ouedraogo, Fox News, "In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism," 15 Aug. 2018 The crackdown reduced the Jemaah Islamiyah network behind the Bali bombings to remnants but a new generation of would-be jihadists has coalesced behind the IS banner. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "IS-linked militant in Indonesia gets 7 years in prison," 12 Feb. 2018 However, outsiders can help contain the jihadists, stopping them conquering turf or building anything resembling a state. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 Somalia later collapsed into anarchy and became a haven for jihadists and pirates. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 The founders named the town after Abdelkader ibn Muhieddine, a 19th-century Algerian jihadist and freedom fighter who fought against French colonialism. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "Loyalty, unease in Trump’s Midwest," 10 May 2018 That effort gained momentum over the past couple of years as Mr. Sharif’s government clashed with the armed forces over his desire to make peace with India and his call for action against jihadist groups operating from Pakistan. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistan Media Says It’s Targeted in Army’s ‘Systematic, Creeping, Coup’," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of jihadist

1967, in the meaning defined above

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