While world media still focuses on ISIS, al-Qaeda continues to grow stronger. AQ’s monthly revenue is more than a dozen times greater than that of Islamic State, according to a Kremlin expert.
Al-Qaeda brings in between $20 million and $40m. each month, said Dmitry Feoktistov, the deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department on New Challenges and Threats.
Feoktistov used the opportunity of an interview for RIA Novosti to suggest the U.S. is only focused on Iran and Hezbollah and is putting other threats on the back-burner.
For its part, al-Qaeda has re-invented itself in recent months, with a new leadership structure, including a central role for Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza. Al-Qaeda’s head, Ayman al-Zawahiri, made comments over the last year to suggest he sees al-Qaeda as replacing ISIS at the forefront of global Jihad. He recently called on Muslims to attack any U.S. interests.