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. ModernMan

    I bet his seat in hell is quite prominent. Perhaps he is even being tortured by some of his own people whon he put in harms way... suicide bombers, women, children... we can only hope.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      He is sitting next to Adolf Hitler

      May 6, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike, FL

    Does this mean even the Islamist extrimist are smarter than the right wing extemist (aka Birthers, Deathers)??

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

      No, I think it just means they were actually supplied proof that he's dead.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Uniblob

    Let's see how the "Deathers" spin this one!

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

      I am sure they will say that they are covering for President Obama since he is Muslim too. Those who don't want to believe wouldn't believe if the corpse was delivered to their doorsteps with a signed affidavit from God confirming OBL's death.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hossky

    Glad Al Qaeda confirmed it, Cause you know the rest of the world news sources could have been wrong.

    We need to finish the fight and wipe Al Qaeda to the history pages.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. OhRatts

    They also confirmed that five of Bin Laden's wives will be starting a new reality TV show on Fox this Fall... The Real Housewives of Bin Laden... only on Fox.

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

      OhRatts.....that was too funny. Thank you for the morning laugh.

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

      HAHA! Now THAT'S funny! Bravo!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Limeh Suppresseh

    We caught the "deathers" with their pants down, haven't we

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

      What the hell are you talking about? There are a lot of stupid people in this world and they all seem to have internat access...

      May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. GrogInOhio

    Ah... so now the birthers/deathers look even more foolish. Today is starting out very nicely.

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

    Clearly the government had the jihadist forum hacked and planted this message....Weeeee creating conspiracy theories is fun! And now back to reality....

    May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cara

    I am so glad. Now everyone can shut about about OBL not being dead.I know there will still be some idiots that will still try and say that he is not dead. I know all you non-believers feel like idiots now!!!

    May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Republican's are fraud's !

    OMG ! Teabagger's are going to lose their mind's over this new's ! Conspiracy theorist's are saying a collective , NOOOOO ! Could it be that the government actually told the truth ? Thank you President Obama for keeping your word and hunting down OBL just like you promised that you would ! Obama 2012 !

    May 6, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. z

    @f. Who cares how Obamas kids would feel? How about the families of people inside towers, families of firefighters, and families of passengers aboard the planes?

    And we didn't just shoot him, we double tapped him like a zombie, rule number 2..

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

      Z... Technically that wasn't a double tap.. Double tap sounds like this.. "There he is!" TAP! TAP!
      What this was sounded more like, "There he is!" TAP!. "Got 'im!" sound of footsteps walking over to the body. "Is he still breathing?" TAP! "Not anymore."

      May 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rational Mind

    Could not Al Qaeda wait a bit longer? This was staring to be fun to see the new "deadthers" or whatever you want to call them coming up. A bit more and we had Donal Trump and Sarah Palin leading this new effort in discredit the president. I hate to say that I get more amused, and certainly entretained, watching these shows better than the lately news at CNN.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    Its been on other networks as well. The deathers' wriggle room for their stories just got narrower. This hasnt been a good couple of weeks for them.

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

      What is all this talk of "deathers"? Any time anything ever is reported by the news media people take staunch sides. Does that only happen here in America? The President said he's dead. That's enough for me. Chalk it up and move on. People waste too much time coming up with bizarre and complex conspiracy theories. Doofuses.

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

    never join the c.i.a. it kills its own

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

      I think there might also be a lesson about not biting the hand that feeds you in there somewhere, as well...

      May 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. unknown

    Alah alah alah. My hero may be dead but he is in heaven with our heavenly father. He is indeed a mastermind. It took them 10 years to find him. Dumb Americans.

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

      We have your IP address. Not smart.

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

      WUM! Your an idiot! I know I should just give you no reply but the fact you cant even spell the name in any of its forms is just proof you are a moron!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • HappyNewYorker

      Hey Unkonwn, If he's your hero why dont you do all of us a favor and join him in heaven with his virgins

      May 6, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
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