ji·​had·​ist | \ ji-ˈhä-dist How to pronounce jihadist (audio) , chiefly British -ˈha-\

Definition of jihadist

: a Muslim who advocates or participates in a jihad

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In lethality, the jihadists in Africa have already overtaken their Iraqi comrades. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 Nigeria is still trying to shake off the 2014 oil-price collapse, while fighting Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast and facing violent clashes over farmland in its center. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Extreme Poverty Concentrates in Sub-Saharan Africa," 18 Sep. 2018 In February 1989, the Soviets finished their withdrawal from Afghanistan, helping to make a hero of an obscure jihadist named Osama bin Laden. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "1989: The Year of Unfulfilled Hopes," 28 Dec. 2018 Fear of Sunni jihadists and Iranian reprisals—as well as the lack of congressional authorization for lethal covert action—has frustrated ambitions for a U.S. campaign to bleed the Shiite empire through low-cost guerrillas. Reuel Marc Gerecht, WSJ, "Tehran Counts on a Divided West," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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