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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: Al Qaeda short of resources, appealing for donations Reply with quote

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In an audio message posted in militant web forums on Wednesday, the group's leader in Afghanistan Mustafa Abu al-Yazid said militants were short of food, weapons and other supplies needed to fight foreign forces there.

The complaint, the latest appeal by Qaeda leaders in the past 18 months, echoes a June 3 request from Osama bin Laden for supporters' "charity and support" for the militant network's operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

So little is known about current al Qaeda operations that analysts can only speculate about the reasons for the troubles in its fund-raising, which provided an estimated annual budget of $30 million at the time of the 2001 attacks on U.S. targets. But most agree it is a combination of tighter curbs on charities in the Arab world, a drop in lucrative al Qaeda kidnapping and extortion campaigns in Iraq and the wallet-thinning effect of recession on donors and sympathizers.

Some speculate it also shows a drop in ideological support.

http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersEdge/idUSTRE55B3DZ20090612
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Related, I'd guess.
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(CNN) -- Al Qaeda's top financier for Yemen and Saudi Arabia has been taken into custody, the Yemeni government announced Sunday.

"He is expected to be an intelligence mine for information which will hopefully result in the capture or killing of al Qaeda militants," the government said in a news release. Hassan Hussein Bin Alwan was arrested in the eastern province of Marib on Friday, the government said.

The news release included a quote from an anonymous security official saying the government had been tracking Bin Alwan, and calling the arrest "a major coup in the war on al Qaeda."

"Bin Alwan's arrest will be instrumental in understanding the system of global terrorism financing," the news release said.

The Yemeni government noted that the development "comes days after Yemeni prosecutors demanded the maximum sentence of death for 16 suspected al Qaeda members."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/14/yemen.al.qaeda/
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

grepped for Obama. Not found. Will not read.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor sods.

Can't find the link to donate via paypal...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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grepped for Obama. Not found. Will not read.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not tax-deductible either. :(
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well it should be!

war ius good for politicians and their friends. It should be tax decutable. But no paypal button is the bigger problem.
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