World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders
Definition/Scope: (DoS) The World Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and Crusaders, which consisted of a tacit alliance between Osama Bin Laden, his supporters, and a number of regional Islamic militant groups. Bin Laden issued the fatwa, or religious edict, on 23 February 1998 that claimed that the United States had made "a clear declaration of war on God, his messenger, and Muslims" through its policies in the Islamic world. The fatwa made use of the principle of defensive jihad to argue that U.S. aggression made armed resistance and the targeting of American civilians and military personnel incumbent upon all Muslims.
Broader Terms:foreign terrorist organization