mujahideen

plural noun
mu·​ja·​hid·​een | \ mü-ˌjä-hi-ˈdēn How to pronounce mujahideen (audio) , mu̇-, -ˌja- \
variants: or mujahedin or less commonly mujahedeen

Definition of mujahideen

: Islamic guerrilla fighters especially in the Middle East

Examples of mujahideen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the Afghan civil war from 1992 to 1996, mujahideen armies waged such fierce and destructive assaults on one another that the rise of the Taliban was initially welcomed as a relief from the carnage. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, "Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.," 29 Apr. 2020 Proxy wars became common, such as the United States’s support of the Afghani mujahideen to destabilize the Soviet Union rather than to support a Muslim revolution. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "World War III Is an Irresistible Meme," 5 Jan. 2020 In response, America funded mujahideen rebels, escalating a bloody proxy war. The Economist, "Violence in Afghanistan last year was worse than in Syria," 15 Aug. 2019 In 1992, three years after Soviet withdrawal, the mujahideen took over Kabul. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 An interim government was formed, but not all mujahideen leaders were supportive of it. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 Here again, though, the analogy shows the risk, as the mujahideen groups America helped fight the Soviets in Afghanistan ultimately gave birth to Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "In Syria, Trump’s options are all bad," 9 Apr. 2018 In 1996, the group entered Kabul, forcing the mujahideen to flee the capital. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "The Oldest Restaurant in Kabul: Where Tradition Trumps Rockets," 12 Sep. 2017 But internal power struggles soon led to a bloody civil war between different mujahideen factions. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "The Oldest Restaurant in Kabul: Where Tradition Trumps Rockets," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mujahideen

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mujahideen

Arabic mujāhidīn, plural of mujāhid, literally, person who wages jihad

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14 May 2020

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“Mujahideen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mujahideen. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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