More so than at practically any other time in the previous few years, communications from al-Qaeda and affiliated movements have been full of calls for financial support from followers. The most dramatic pleas for money emanate from al-Qaeda affiliates and fighters in Afghanistan and Pakistan, yet leaders from several jihadist battlefields have been issuing statements of financial need. Although calls to support fighters both materially and spiritually are a reoccurring theme in messages sent out by jihadist leadership, requests for aid have been a growing component of communications from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Gaza.

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