Al-Qaida, apparently short on funds, calls for donations in third appeal in little over a yearBy AP
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Al-Qaida appeals to sympathizers for donations
CAIRO — Al-Qaida is appealing for financial donations for the third time in a little over a year in a sign that the terror network might be short on funds.
A message posted on a militant website Wednesday repeats a June 2009 appeal by the group’s top Afghanistan commander, Mustafa Abu al-Yazeed. He said then that many militants in Afghanistan were unable to fight because they lacked money and equipment.
Al-Yazeed was killed in an airstrike in May.
The web message also included an earlier audio recording of Osama bin Laden urging businessmen to direct their alms to al-Qaida.
Abu al-Yazeed’s appeal was echoed a month later by al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, who called for financial support from Pakistanis.