‘Qaeda facing money crunch, manpower shortage’

Last Updated: Sunday, July 3, 2011 - 00:01

Washington: Details of communication
between al Qaeda leaders derived from Osama bin Laden`s computers indicate that the terror network is facing massive
financial crunch and difficulties in replacing cadres lost in
combat with US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan
and other places, a media report said on Saturday.

During the six weeks of intensive study of the
materials obtained from Abbottabad compound of Osama bin
Laden, where he was killed by special US forces on May 2, the
CIA-led inter-agency team prepared some 400 intelligence
reports.

The most important information gleaned from the 15
computers and 100 storage devices recovered from his compound
is the information about the internal strains of the terrorist
outfit and the repeated attempt of bin Laden to carry out
attacks on the US, The Washington Post reported.

"The trove makes it clear that bin Laden`s primary
goal you can call it an obsession was to attack the US
homeland," a senior US counter-terrorism official was quoted
as saying.
"He pushed for this every way he could," he added.
According to The Washington Post over the past year,
the al-Qaeda leader fielded e-mails from followers lamenting
the toll being taken by CIA drone "explosions" as well as the
network`s financial plight.
"Bin Laden approved the creation of a
counter-intelligence unit to root out traitors and spies, only
to receive a complaint in mid-2010 from the unit`s leader that
it was losing the `espionage war` and couldn`t function on its
paltry budget," it said.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, July 3, 2011 - 00:01
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