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Old 09-19-2001, 08:22 PM
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I know this is sort of academic, but to fight a little of my own ignorance...I have heard newscasters refer to bin Laden's organization as 'al ka-eed-ah,' 'al kaid-ah,' 'al ka-aid-ah'...

Any dopers know the correct pronunciation (if there is one)?

Thank you.
Old 09-19-2001, 10:23 PM
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I do not speak Arabic, but I would guess that it is your third option.
Old 09-19-2001, 11:01 PM
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According to The Voice of America pronunciation guide, it's
al K-EYE-eh-duh
Apparently K-EYE is intended to represent one syllable (the accented one).

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