plural noun
mu·ja·hid·een | \ mü-ˌja-hi-ˈdēn , mu̇- , -ˌjä- \
variants: or mujahedin or less commonly mujahedeen

Definition of mujahideen 

: Islamic guerrilla fighters especially in the Middle East

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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,, "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 The war and mujahideen infighting gave the Taliban the perfect opportunity to emerge. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "The Oldest Restaurant in Kabul: Where Tradition Trumps Rockets," 12 Sep. 2017 Saudi clerics used to urge on Sunni mujahideen against the supposedly heretical Alawite clan ruling Syria with their Iranian allies. The Economist, "Enemies no more?The Saudis may be stretching out the hand of peace to their old foes," 7 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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