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CAIRO, (AP) – Al-Qaeda is appealing for financial donations for the third time in a little over a year in a sign that the terror network might be short on funds.

A message posted on a militant website Wednesday repeats a June 2009 appeal by the group’s top Afghanistan commander, Mustafa Abu al-Yazeed. He said then that many militants in Afghanistan were unable to fight because they lacked money and equipment.

Al-Yazeed was killed in an airstrike in May.

The web message also included an earlier audio recording of Osama bin Laden urging businessmen to direct their alms to al-Qaeda.

Abu al-Yazeed’s appeal was echoed a month later by al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, who called for financial support from Pakistanis.