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The Al-Qaeda Organization faces Financial Difficulties

Over the last few months several calls made on the behalf of senior Al-Qaeda members, asking for financial aid for the Jihad organizations suffering from financial trouble, were detected on Jihadi online forums. These calls engendered a wide discourse on the forums, and many online surfers posted correspondence pleading with Muslims to give generously for Jihad, alongside other correspondence dealing with the ways in which financial aid could be transferred, and the security measures that should be taken in order to do so.

Even though it seems Al-Qaeda is faced with difficulties in financing its activities, it should be clarified that the channels for obtaining financing, both on the organizational level and the local network level, are plentiful and diverse, and include: drug trafficking; acts of theft and looting; donations from individuals and charity groups; marine piracy as well as kidnapping for purposes of ransom.

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