David Letterman Receives Death Threat from Jihadists

Entertainment Aug. 18, 2011 AT 8:51AM
David Letterman Receives Death Threat from Jihadists Credit: Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage.com

No laughing matter.

David Letterman is the subject of a death threat posted on a jihadist website popular with members and supporters of Al-Qaeda, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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A commenter named Umar al-Basrawi commanded on the site to "cut the tongue of this lowly jew and shut it forever."

The site, called Shumukh-al-Islam is a "clearing house for Al-Qaeda material. It gets the most Al-Qaeda supporters," Adam Raisman, an expert in extremist websites, told EW. Letterman (who is Protestant, not Jewish) apparently offended some with remarks he made on-air about accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who died in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan this past June.

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"He showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden," commenter al-Basrawi wrote. "We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck."

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CBS had no comment. Raisman urged Letterman to use "as much precaution as he would with an obsessed fan" regarding the scary threat.

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