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06-16-2010, 11:18 PM
Armed US 'Bin Laden hunter' is held in Pakistan

Gary Brooks Faulkner at Denver airport 30.5.10 Mr Faulkner flew to Pakistan from Denver International Airport

An American man who claimed to be on a mission to hunt down Osama Bin Laden has been arrested in northern Pakistan, police say.

They said that Gary Brooks Faulkner, 52, was detained in the mountains of Chitral district north of Peshawar.

He had a pistol, dagger and a sword and was carrying night-vision equipment as well as Christian literature.

Police say Mr Faulkner was stopped near the border with Afghanistan's Nuristan province, a known Taliban stronghold.

They say he told investigators after his arrest late on Sunday that he was on a solo mission to kill Osama Bin Laden who is thought to be hiding in the mountainous Afghan-Pakistan border area.

The al-Qaeda leader is the world's most-wanted man, with the US offering a reward of up to $25m (17m) for information leading to his capture.
'God is with me'

Police say Mr Faulkner, who is from California, arrived as a tourist in Chitral on 2 June and was assigned a security escort before vanishing on Monday evening.
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A search was then launched and he was found in a forest a few miles from the Afghan border.

"We have interrogated him and he has told us that he was on his way to Afghanistan to capture and kill Bin Laden," Mumtaz Ahmed, a senior police official in Chitral told the BBC.

"We arrested him in the Bamburat valley close to the border with Nuristan province of Afghanistan."

Police say that their suspicions grew when officers seized the pistol, the sword and night-vision equipment.

Mr Faulkner is now being questioned by intelligence officials in Peshawar, the main city in north-western Pakistan.

He has told police he visited Pakistan seven times, and this was his third trip to Chitral.

Police say that Mr Faulkner was also carrying a book containing Christian verses and teachings.

Asked if he felt he had a chance of tracing Bin Laden, he told police, "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him," the Associated Press reports.

The US embassy in Pakistan confirmed that a US citizen had been arrested and said it was seeking access to him.

Correspondents say that the Chitral area is widely seen as having escaped much of the violence that has blighted the rest of north-west Pakistan.

In April a Greek man who worked in one of the few museums in the area was released by the Taliban after being held by them for eight months.

Bin Laden has evaded a huge US effort to capture him since the attacks on the US of 11 September 2001 for which he is blamed.

Chitral - because of its close proximity to Nuristan - is considered to be one of his possible hiding places.

Scott Faulkner dropped his brother off at Denver's airport May 30, and the two discussed the possibility Faulkner would not return alive from his search of bin Laden.

"He talked about why he was so passionate" to find bin Laden, Scott Faulkner recalled, adding that his brother retained vivid memories of the Sept. 11 attacks. "He has not forgotten."

But Scott Faulkner insisted his brother was on a rational mission.

"He's as normal as you and I," Scott Faulkner said. "He's just very passionate, and, as a Christian, he felt, when Osama mocked this country after 9/11, and it didn't feel like the military was doing enough, it became his passion, his mission, to track down Osama, and kill him, or bring him back alive."

Scott Faulkner said his brother sold all his tools to finance his trip and was prepared to die in Pakistan. He also said his brother took no weapons and had a valid visa for Pakistan. Scott Faulkner hoped his brother wouldn't be charged with a crime.

i mean really? and what does christianity have to do with bin laden or the military or what? i watched the brother on one of those morning coffee shows and he made like this guy was perfectly reasonable and that he had good intel on bin laden. um, who are these people?

06-16-2010, 11:20 PM
I would also file under 'tool' :)

06-16-2010, 11:33 PM
So, this idiot has better intel than the armed forces and the CIA? Yeah...ok.

06-17-2010, 07:16 AM
So, this idiot has better intel than the armed forces and the CIA? Yeah...ok.

Just more passion. That's all you really need for an international manhunt.

06-17-2010, 07:23 AM
Hey, if it works in the movies..!