May 5th, 2011
04:44 AM GMT
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(CNN) – Diversification. For investors, it helps to hedge against risk in your portfolio. And apparently it’s not that much different for al Qaeda and its funding.

In fact, it’s been key to the organization’s financial health and its ability to grow around the world - despite political, economic and military pressure from the U.S. and its allies since 9/11.

“They [al Qaeda] established a range of sources to support the organization and that is the current state of al Qaeda, so they don’t have to depend on bin Laden,” says Professor Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism in Singapore.

So even with Osama bin Laden is gone, the terror network he founded will still live on.

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