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. Matt

    How come the most recent photo's of Bin Laden are 10 years old? Here's my hint: you'll never see any more recent photos.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Uniblob

      Sorry, but I don't get your point.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. DD

    Allah to jihadists: enough of this crap. Take care of my people.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • NoHelpFromAllah

      Dear Jihadist. If the degree of love of by Allah is represented by the potency of weaponry bestowed upon you, versus the degree of weapon potency provided by Allah to your adversary, then clearly Allah HATES you, otherwise you would have been privileged with such weaponry. Praise Allah that you were only provided sticks and stones!

      May 6, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. 1st 75th C Company 3rd plt 3rd sqd B team

    Who gets to split the $25millon bounty

    May 6, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. David E

    It's strange that a man with so much given to him, who could had been more productive for middle eastern peace, chose to have children; women and the mentally confused perform jihad in the name of allah.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. eddantes

    What now baggers? are you satisfy now?

    May 6, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. samuel

    Obama was right not releasing bin laden's photo.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Angie

    " their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears,” it said.
    (copy and pasted text)

    I GUESS I AM CONFUSED....... Isn't that what happened to Bin Laden?
    He wasn't supposed to suffer for the blood he shed?
    It was ok for him to take innocent lives, but a killer is supposed to be left free?

    May 6, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. morrison

    bin ladin did many hurrible things if i was satan i wont let him in hell- i will give him a matches and petrol to set his hell else where.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Really?

    Good thing Obama didnt realese pics of OBL. cause we would look really silly posting pics of a fictional charater. Good going Mr Prez.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank - (R-Ohio)

    All the bin Laden (after death) stories. Boom boom boom! One right after another. And after it's all said and done Ted Turner and CNN will fold. After all do you think they can draw attention to their sponsors with Girl Scout cookie sales. We're proud this issue was dealt with. Let's get on with life.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. just sayin'

    Someone needs to tell this guy about this...

    May 6, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • 100Freedom

      Different.... I would just like to say one thing to this guy. If American is known for killing people who hold such vast secrets and covers their tracks..... then why are you still alive? I mean, seriously, you claim to "know" so many deep, dark secrets that are true; shouldn't you be scared and hiding out in Pakistan or maybe a cave?

      May 6, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bode

    Big up CNN i love u guys keep it up.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    Obama now... Obama 2012! You repubs have not one, not even remotely, worth trusting.... Afro-Americans and latinos will show up for him at the poles....! We not only trust him, we love him and Michelle.! Stay focused Obama! None of this is a suprise.... It was already understood prior to your seat in the presidency you would have to work twice as hard to get half the credit! Every time u try repubs try to stop , block or deny advancement of this great country. So sad.... And Trump is a joke! Dnt sweat it.! Obama 2012! This was wrote by a real person.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Pastor Green

      Amen Daniel Well said and Well said! Everything Obama has done has been blocked. It was easy for him to inherit the mess we are in but it's funny how the Rebublicans expect the mess we are in to be over with overnight. They will never give him credit! But like I tell my church member.. I don't take the credit when things are going good and I don't take the blame when they are going bad! GOD is in control and the finisher of all of our faith. God Bless

      May 6, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Cesar: shut up stupid.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. NoHelpFromAllah

    You will not be receiving help from Allah any time soon. If Allah was on your side, you would possess stealth helicopters and exploding bullets to kill a soldier behind a wall on the battlefield, instead of your spears and stones. There is an obvious reason that Allah has not privileged you with such weaponry and sophistication - it's because Allah HATES you, and it is abundantly clear that this is the case. Put your sticks and stones down and stop your hatred, then maybe Allah will forgive you.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
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