- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Here’s one nice consequence of the Great Recession, the global terror network is low on funds:
Al-Qaida’s top commander in Afghanistan urged Turkish Muslims in a new audio message to send money to militants fighting coalition troops in the country, saying they are low on funds.
Mustafa Abu al-Yazeed said many militants in Afghanistan are unable to fight because they lack the necessary equipment.
"And we, here in Afghanistan, are needy of money," al-Yazeed said in the message released Wednesday. "And the reason for the weakness of the operations here is the inadequacy of equipment."
U.S.-led efforts to disrupt terrorist financing deserve some credit, but it’s not much of a stretch to think that some AQ donors may have been cleaned out during the Persian Gulf’s ongoing economoic slump.