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Money Troubles: The Financial Woes of al-Qaeda's Leaders

Matthew Levitt

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January 2012


Al-Qaeda's finances are at their weakest point in years due to a successful campaign to close off major sources of funding.

Al-Qaeda's finances are at their weakest point in years due to a successful campaign to close off major sources of funding. In this article, Matthew Levitt examines the options left to the group, which is increasingly turning to a model of low-level threats from individuals, rather than spectacular orchestrated attacks.

The article originally appeared in Al-Qaeda's Senior Leadership, a publication of IHS Defense, Security, and Risk Consulting, in January 2012. Reproduced with permission © IHS (Global) Limited. All rights reserved.

Matthew Levitt is director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute.