Arabic term for people engaged in jihad ("struggle")

Mujahideen (Arabic: مجاهدين mujāhidīn) is the plural of mujahid (Arabic: مجاهد). Mujahid is the Arabic term for one engaged in jihad (literally, "struggle"). This term was first used to describe guerrilla-type militant groups led by the Islamist Afghan fighters in the Soviet–Afghan War. As of 2021, it is also used to described other jihadist groups in other countries.

Afgan Mujahideen, around the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, August 1985

The English term jihadists is also related to the mujahideen.[1][2]

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  1. Drugs, United States Congress Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and (2011). Evaluating the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, S. 2930: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, July 14, 2010. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 297. ISBN 9780160883064.
  2. Infantry. U.S. Army Infantry School. 2007. p. 45.