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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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 Captured in 2008 after training for months at Qaeda camps, Mr. Vinas quickly turned on his fellow jihadists and began helping American investigators dismantle the group. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "He Turned on Al Qaeda and Aided the U.S. Now He’s on Food Stamps and Needs a Job.," 6 Mar. 2018 The cyberattack shocked France, coming on the heels of jihadist massacres at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket that left 17 dead. NBC News, "'ISIS hackers' threats against U.S. military wives actually came from Russian trolls," 8 May 2018 The absence of any plan to deal with the detainees is part of the wider disorder in the lands liberated from the jihadists. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Wives and Children of ISIS: Warehoused in Syria, Unwanted Back Home," 4 July 2018 Russia says the Islamic State represents a growing threat in Afghanistan and while some Taliban elements are in a tactical alliance with the jihadists, the bulk of the movement and its leadership is determined to fight the terrorist group. Henry Meyer, Bloomberg.com, "Talk to Taliban or Fight Endless Afghan War, Russia Tells U.S.," 20 May 2018 The jihadist is best known for allegedly helping plan the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S., the report said, including recruiting some of the hijackers to the terror group. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Suspected 9/11 recruiter for al-Qaeda captured in Syria, report says," 19 Apr. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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