Is Al Qaeda Bankrupt? Authorities Cripple Group by Cutting Off Money Supply

For much of the past decade, Western governments have waged war against al Qaeda, trying to find a way to undermine the terrorist organization and its infamous head, Osama bin Laden. Yet, for all their work on the Internet or in the field, the most successful battleground may well be in the bank. As international efforts to track down and close off the organization's flow of money have borne fruit, al Qaeda's central leadership has increasingly found itself cut off from a source of power.