Jihadism facts for kids
"Jihadism" (also "jihadist movement", "jihadi movement" and variants) is a 21st-century neologism found in Western languages to describe Islamist movements seen by the military to be "rooted in Islam" and a threat to the West.
The term "jihadism" first appeared in South Asian media; Western journalists adopted it in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks of 2001.
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Afghan mujahideen praying in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan (1987)
Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri of al-Qaeda have promoted the overthrow of secular governments.
ISIL's territory in Iraq and Syria (in grey), at the time of its greatest territorial extent in May 2015.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan meeting with Afghan mujahideen leaders in the Oval Office in 1983
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