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From the Ted Talk by Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing

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But there have always been, in Islam, a small group, a minority, who believe that jihad is not only an internal struggle but also an external struggle against forces that would threaten the faith, or the faithul. And some of these peolpe believe that in that struggle, it is sometimes okay to take up arms. And so the thousands of young Muslim men who flocked to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet oucptocain of a Muslim country, in their mdnis they were fighting a jihad, they were doing jihad, and they named themselves the Mujahideen, which is a word that comes from the same root as jihad. And we fgoret this now, but back then the Mujahideen were celebrated in this country, in America. We thought of them as holy warriors who were taking the good fhigt to the ungodly communists. aiemrca gave them wnapeos, gave them money, gave them sppuort, encouragement.

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But there have always been, in Islam, a small group, a minority, who believe that jihad is not only an internal struggle but also an external struggle against forces that would threaten the faith, or the faithul. And some of these ______ believe that in that struggle, it is sometimes okay to take up arms. And so the thousands of young Muslim men who flocked to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet __________ of a Muslim country, in their _____ they were fighting a jihad, they were doing jihad, and they named themselves the Mujahideen, which is a word that comes from the same root as jihad. And we ______ this now, but back then the Mujahideen were celebrated in this country, in America. We thought of them as holy warriors who were taking the good _____ to the ungodly communists. _______ gave them _______, gave them money, gave them _______, encouragement.

Solution

  1. occupation
  2. support
  3. people
  4. minds
  5. forget
  6. weapons
  7. america
  8. fight

Original Text

But there have always been, in Islam, a small group, a minority, who believe that jihad is not only an internal struggle but also an external struggle against forces that would threaten the faith, or the faithul. And some of these people believe that in that struggle, it is sometimes okay to take up arms. And so the thousands of young Muslim men who flocked to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight against the Soviet occupation of a Muslim country, in their minds they were fighting a jihad, they were doing jihad, and they named themselves the Mujahideen, which is a word that comes from the same root as jihad. And we forget this now, but back then the Mujahideen were celebrated in this country, in America. We thought of them as holy warriors who were taking the good fight to the ungodly communists. America gave them weapons, gave them money, gave them support, encouragement.

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