Al-Qaeda Receipts Reveal Meticulous Accounting Habits

$0.60 cake, $1.80 for a bar of soap

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This receipt for groceries, which includes prices paid for tomatoes, onions, charcoal, meat and a lightbulb, was retrieved from a building occupied by al-Qaeda's North African branch in Timbuktu, Mali

Documents discovered in a former al-Qaeda-linked building in Timbuktu, in northern Mali, reveal just how obsessive the international terrorist group can be when it comes to one thing: accounting.

More than 100 receipts were among documents found in a building previously occupied by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb earlier this year, the Associated Press reports. The group recorded everything from $0.60 cake to $200 for a “trip for spreading propaganda.” The cache of documents included 27 invoices for meat, 13 for tomatoes, 11 for milk, 11 for pasta, seven for onions and more for tea, sugar and honey.

The receipts, written in Arabic on scraps of paper and Post-it notes, are indicative of how the terrorist group runs its many chapters like an international corporation. Other items listed include $1.80 for a bar of soap, $14 for super glue, as well as money reserved for “charity.”

Al-Qaeda is also notorious for other corporate-world documentation, like budget maintenance, job applications, public-relations advice and letters from a human-resources-type division.

The names on receipts also suggest a majority of the terrorist group’s employees were foreign-born. For example, receipts were recorded for “Talhat the Libyan” or “Tarek the Algerian.”

[AP]

9 comments
BrynnDiesel
BrynnDiesel

'More than 100 receipts...' lol, there's usually about that many in my wallet from one week to the next. $14 for superglue? That seems a bit steep :/

HateToSayItbut
HateToSayItbut

Only in America would we call rounding everything to 10 cents "meticulous" And I bet we call them "thorough" for paying their bills.

almuid
almuid

I am an arab , and we dont write like that .


also we write Indian numbers "٣٤٢٤٤٥"


you can notice that numbers have a better hand writing than words


witch imply that the person who wrote it most likely not arab 


my point of view ..


and yeah we do hate them , we also hate ppl with limited vision who do the same as alqaeda do and generalize 

Piacevole
Piacevole

They also seem to be getting more "bang for their buck" than we do.  I would be willing to bet that, all told, they had perhaps a half-million dollars invested in the attack on 9-11.  In terms of sheer damage for dollars, they're 'way ahead of our subsequent efforts.  I'm not saying that I approve of their attack, (I definitely do not) merely that we might think about their economics when we consider defense contracts with massive cost-overruns.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

Just look at those parsimonious little cave dwellers! Maybe they took a jihadist economics 101 class? 


Seriously is this article meant for us (westerners) to empathize with them? 

DonEagle
DonEagle

Greece now knows where to go to for financial advice.

MichaelBaeza
MichaelBaeza

How much for Snickers for those years they were in a cave not going anywhere for a while?