Broke al-Qaeda Pleads for Funds
Terror group seeks donations as US disrupts financing network
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2009 2:34 AM CDT
This frame grab is taken from a video message carrying the logo of al-Qaida's production house, as-Sahab.   (AP Photo/IntelCenter)
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(Newser) – Efforts to cut off al-Qaeda's funding have been largely successful and the organization is now critically short of cash, according to the US Treasury. The group's "influence is waning" as the money dries up, according to one official who monitors terrorist financing, noting that al-Qaeda has already issued several appeals for funds this year. He warns, however, that the Taliban is in much better shape financially because of its involvement in the drug trade, the BBC reports.