Al-Qaeda’s Affiliate In Syria Tries Crowdfunding

A militant who fights alongside Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate the Al-Nusra Front has called for donations to help the group purchase equipment, offering a glimpse into the group’s architecture and its fund-raising.

The militant, who goes under the nom de guerre Abu Rofik (or Rafik) Abdul Mukaddim Tatarstani, made two fund-raising appeals this week via his Nusra propaganda page on the Russian social-networking site VKontakte.