Al Qaeda’s Paper Trail

Al Qaeda apparently used business-like accounting practices, leaving a significant paper trail of receipts and account books.

A story on NPR reports on emerging details of the Al Qaeda organization, resulting from computers and documents seized during the recent raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

According to NPR, “As odd as it sounds, al-Qaida had excellent HR benefits. The seized documents showed that al-Qaida paid an unusual amount of attention to its fighters and their families. Married members were allowed to have seven days of vacation for every three weeks worked. Bachelors got five days off a month. Married members also got a salary of $108 a month. The pay was smaller for single men and larger if the fighters had more than one wife. Now that the organization has less money and is under such pressure, it is unclear whether the benefits are as generous as they used to be.”

Read the full report on NPR online.

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