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

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Recent Examples on the Web Zawahiri’s steadiness in rendering aid in the face of Soviet bombardment in Afghanistan cemented the doctor’s reputation among the mujahideen, as well as a lifelong friendship with bin Laden. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 The official drew a comparison to U.S. support for the anti-Soviet mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 This was a key tactic in allowing the Afghanistan mujahideen to defeat the Soviet Union in the 1980s. James Stavridis, Time, 11 Apr. 2022 Much of the early assistance to the mujahideen came in the form of small arms, such as rifles, with antiaircraft Stinger missiles arriving only after years of combat. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, for example, the United States supplied the mujahideen with arms but did not send in any armed forces (other than intelligence agents). John Yoo, National Review, 19 Mar. 2022 And in the Afghan war against the Soviets, the mujahideen — Islamic fighters backed by the United States — were famously given Stinger missiles that had a huge impact by bringing down Soviet helicopter gunships that dominated the skies. Jason Fields, The Week, 8 Mar. 2022 The Haqqanis trace their roots to the Soviet Cold War occupation of the 1980s and the Afghan mujahideen struggle to liberate their nation. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 In the resulting chaos, the Taliban—founded by former mujahideen—rose to power. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Mujahideen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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