Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden's death, group says
May 6th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden's death, group says

[Updated at 10:02 a.m. ET] Read the full statement.

[Updated at 8:51 a.m. ET ] The statement, translated by SITE, lauded the late militant, threatened to take action against the United States, and urged Pakistanis to "rise up and revolt."

Bin Laden's death will serve as a "curse that chases the Americans and their agents, and goes after them inside and outside their countries," the message said.

"Soon - with help from Allah - their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears," it said.

The statement said al Qaeda will "continue on the path of jihad, the path walked upon by our leaders, and on top of them" bin Laden "without hesitation or reluctance.

Bin Laden and other militants used the internet to post messages to their followers before and after al Qaeda's September, 11, 2001 attack on the United States.

[Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET] CNN has seen the statement posted on the jihadist forum regarding Osama bin Laden's death and is working to translate it. We'll bring you any information from it as soon as we get it.

[Posted at 8:28 a.m. ET] Al Qaeda released a statement on jihadist forums confirming the death of its leader, Osama bin Laden, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messages.

CNN could not immediately confirm the statement.

Bin Laden was killed early Monday in a raid conducted by the U.S. at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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  1. mcmurdo

    Even that won't be enough for the right wing racist fringe of Republicans but maybe it will satisfy the Tea Party who are denigrating those brave Seals by infering that they would be complicit in a farce.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • RangerBob

      Wow... didn't take long for the "racist" card to be played... jeez...

      May 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      Huh? The liberals are the ones who do not believe anything the government says, and is demanding proof.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Wrong

      That couldn't be further from the truth. Suggesting that the pictures be released or other evidence be shown (DNA) to confirm his death has nothing to do with taking away the great job our special forces did. Try to get the big picture which I am sure is difficult for you.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      But McMurdo is right. Those 7 guys won't EVER believe it...

      May 6, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • kayaker247

      this is a very good point. unfortunately it will be lost on the conspiracy kooks. to them EVERYONE is complicit. heck, most of them think 9/11 was a massive inside job.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • BrotherJohn OfDallas

      I'm an Independent who would like to see conclusive photo or video evidence. I also wanted to see the same regarding the weapons of mass destruction that the government said Saddam Hussein had in his possession, but the government simply wanted us to trust its word alone. Look where that got us.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Looks like you really love your boy Obama...

      I still love my son even though he lies sometimes too.

      Difference is that I love my son, and I love my country, but I don't love Obama, and the more he lies, the less I like him.

      America was founded on questioning leadership, 200 years later anyone who questions leadership is either a radical or a terrorist.

      Obama works for us, we don't work for him!

      If my boss asked to see my birth certificate it wouldn't take me years, I would either show it to them or quit!

      They attacked us because the hated our freedom.

      Then who won since we have lost our freedom?

      May 6, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • CloverGirl

      Jim,

      That is an impressively comprehensive list of Fox News talking points you've assembled there. Do you have any thoughts you came up with on your own?

      May 6, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • RangerBob

      Jim - don't forget that, if you question THIS President, you're also a racist.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama been Bleedin

      @Jim: No president in the history of this country has ever had demands placed on him to show a birth certificate until Obama (which, as it turns out, he WAS born in Hawaii and IS a citizen, of course). Why is that? And don't you think we have agencies and services in place to check that people running for president actually meet the requirements necessary to hold the office BEFORE they get elected? You conspiracy theorists are truly a whacked out bunch populated by a good number of closet racists as well. I am no Obama fan at all, since he refuses to uphold Immigration law and wants Amnesty for millions of illegals, but that doesn't change the fact that birthers are off their collective rockers, even better demonstrated as they now shift gears and become deathers over bin Laden's obvious demise. I suppose now that al Qaeda has confirmed bin Laden's death, that means absolutely nothing to you, except that Obama and al Qaeda must be in this charade together. Whoa!

      May 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tommy Salami

    Al Qaeda also confirms: It's Friday, Friday...Gotta get down on Friday

    May 6, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • RangerBob

      When he got to hell, I wonder if Osama figured out which seat to take... 😉

      May 6, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      But CNN can't confirm that statement either.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      The strangest thing happened today. I woke up at 7:00am and I had to have a bowl, had to have cereal.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Friday! Thank Allah it's Friday! (lousy disco movie, by the way!)

      Which reminds me....they had a 'Saturday Night Fever' disco movie, a 'Thank God It's Friday' movie, but how come they never released a 'Thank The Lord Sunday Night Fever' movie for us good Catholics??? It smacks of religion discrimination!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • EVH

      In his last seconds of life he was thing "they they so excited, they so excited"

      May 6, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. yonny

    who knows confirmation may be a fake 1 to cover his existense

    May 6, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Why would CNN even report this,as if its supposed to confirm what Obama initially said. That goes to show they know they're version of events is/was not believable. I won't be satisfied until I have 100% proof,not just words...weapons of mass destruction anyone???

      May 6, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Curtis

      People he's dead let's not help make the marter out of this man and on another note if Bush would have got him most of you people would have given him credit for it well get over it Bush couldn't get so Oboma did

      May 6, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Limeh Suppresseh

      Chris, please. That makes no sense.
      Go back to your math homework

      May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • enrico

      maybe your posting is a conspiracy. you think it's really coming from within but two hours prior to going to cnn.com, you were abducted by aliens and they now control you in entirety. it's really the aliens that don't accept bin Laden's death and you are just their mouthpiece for refutation. hmmmmm...

      May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Comedian

    Let me know what you think of this Osama Comedy Skit...

    Can be viewed on youtube right here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2kqWWvhWEE

    May 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      It sucks. But thanks for sharing.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • EVH

      Haha! that was cool, what kind of camera did you use? I like that cinematic look on the video

      May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • The Comedian

      I used the canon 7D, After Effects for Color Grading 🙂

      May 6, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Adrian L Jackson

    I hope this can put rational doubts at rest, as history has dictated that al-Qaeda constantly seeks to refute Western news. So, in other words, if your ENEMY believes it happens, you probably should too. ajnc.blogspot.com

    May 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. kayaker247

    I can't believe they confirmed without the US releasing "proof of death" photos. (joking)

    May 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. El Boffo

    Tell us something we didn't already know. May he rot in the depths of hell for all eternity.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. paulbark

    Sounds like Al Qaeda is smarter than the "deathers" and the "birthers."

    May 6, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Of course you would say that...*sigh*

      May 6, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. eddantes

    Are you satisfy now baggers?

    May 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. ModernMan

    @Tommy – LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. em

    No – he was spotted sitting on an island with Elvis.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. b4rmsa

    What?! AQ is in cahoots with Obama too? Are they trying to tell us Obama didn't actually fake this whole thing to boost his re-elction chances? OBL wasn't killed in 2001 and frozen? Bush didn't stage 9/11? D**n. Next thing they'll be telling us conspiracy theorists are delusional.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Educated_1981

      Conspiracy theorists delusional?? Are you sure? They are always right! 9/11 was an inside job! Osama lives in the right wing of the White House! The USA does NOT have a stealth helicopter! They are not 40, living in mom and dad's basement, and live off hot pockets (conspiracy theorists). Hahaha, so true, they are a bunch of loonies. Great that he is gone, nice to see some justice for what happened. I think it's sad though, that so many claim he's gone to hell, when so many from the human race go there themselves, yet few make it to heaven. 🙁

      May 6, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. f

    some brave, firefight's usually involve somebody shooting back lol..killing an unarmed man in front of his little kids is really brave and heroic eh yankees? wonder how Obama's kids would feel? ever stop to think about that. a bunch of gutless cowboys.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yeah, who beat the shyte out of the brits!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • RickN

      Did someone drop you on your head when you were a baby? You appear to be brain damaged.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Educated_1981

      You are an idiot. But most people knew that by reading your post. I'm sorry for being too tempted to point out the blatantly obvious!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Spinja

      But it was 'brave and heroic' to coordinate the murder of 3000+ unsuspecting American citizens from halfway around the world? Do this forum a favor and keep your mouth shut.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • luke

      f – Good to see you blog using the letter f and yet you make comments like "gutless cowboys"????????

      May 6, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      Ever stop to think – wonder how all those parents, spouses and children of the THOUSANDS of individuals he murdered felt?

      May 6, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • osama bin kilt

      yeah. because blowing yourself up in a crowded market full of innocent men women and children is much braver

      May 6, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dumbazz

      Seriously f? Why dont you ask the kids who lost fathers or mothers on 9/11 how they feel. OBL lost every right he ever had the day he murdered all of those people in the towers and the pentagon and all of the people on flight 93. Everyone should be congratulating everyone who had a role in taking him out. Now is a time to come together as a country. All of this infighting is going to ruin this country.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Beam

      mr f... Well just because he didnt have a gun on him doesnt mean that he wasnt running for a gun that was located in the SAME room as him and was viewed as a percieved threat. Hell i would have shot him if he was sleeping, tied up, and or incompacitated in ANY way. I bet you would let hitler go free too cause he didnt have a gun on him either. Never mind the fact that he KILLED 3000 innocent ppl and was plotting to kile who knows how many more. Ppl like you are whats wrong in the world today.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Adam

    Where Al Quaeda publish such informations?

    May 6, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. WeirdMN

    Finally – independent confirmation! Pity it comes to us via our enemy instead of from our own government which steadfastly refuses to release anything whatsoever to back up its version of events.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
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