U.S. Man Hunting Bin Laden Held in Pakistan

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  1. IBRIS

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    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — An American armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan and told investigators he was on a solo mission to kill Usama bin Laden, a police officer said Tuesday.

    The man was identified as 52-year-old Californian construction worker Gary Brooks Faulkner, said officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan.

    He was picked up in a forest in the Chitral region late on Sunday, he said.

    "We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Usama bin Laden," said Khan. But he said when officers seized the pistol, the sword and night-vision equipment, "our suspicion grew."

    He was questioned Tuesday by intelligence officials in Peshawar, the main northwestern city.


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

    Police alleged the American intended to travel to the eastern Afghan region of Nuristan, just across the border from Chitral.

    The area is among several rumored hiding places for the Al Qaeda leader, who has evaded a massive U.S. effort to capture him since 2001. Bin Laden is accused of being behind the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, as well other terrorist acts.

    Khan said Faulkner was also carrying a book containing Christian verses and teachings.

    When asked why he thought he had a chance of tracing bin Laden, Faulkner replied, "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him," said Khan.

    Faulkner arrived in the Chitrali town of Bumburate on June 3 and stayed in a hotel there.

    He was assigned a police guard, as is quite common for foreigners visiting remote parts of Pakistan. When he checked out without informing police, officers began hunting for him, said Khan.

    U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire said the mission had received notification from Pakistani officials that an American citizen had been arrested. He said embassy officials were trying to meet the man and confirm his identity.
     
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  3. IBRIS

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    Pakistan detains U.S. ‘Rambo’ on private hunt for Osama

    Pakistani authorities have detained a U.S. national trying to cross into Afghanistan to hunt the elusive al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, police said on Tuesday.

    Gary Brooks Faulkner, 52, who comes from California, told officials that he was heading for the Afghan province of Nooristan on a mission to decapitate Osama bin Laden and his four accomplices.

    Police recovered a 1-metre sword, a dagger, a pistol and night-vision goggles from Faulkner, who has no connection to any U.S. law enforcement agencies, said Mumtaz Ahmad, the district’s top police investigator. Faulkner, a kidney patient, arrived in Chitral district, 270 kilometres north of Islamabad, on June 3 and went missing from his hotel room on Sunday night. He was later found by police in the district’s Kalash valley, Ahmad said.

    “He told us that the terrorists had harmed Americans and he himself wanted to search for and kill Osama,” Ahmad said. “He is just a tourist who is not associated with any U.S. agency. Possibly he only wants revenge for the 9/11 attacks.”

    The detainee was being moved to Peshawar, the capital of the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, for further questioning in connection with the attempted illegal border crossing.

    The self-styled “Rambo” who has not been formally charged, has visited Pakistan seven times and Chitral three times.
     
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    American hunting Osama detained in Chitral
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    Coming fall 2010: 'The Bin Laden Hunter'?

    BY KALSOOM LAKHANI, JUNE 15, 2010 Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 2:36 PM Share

    Step aside, Jason Statham. There's a new action hero in town.

    Pakistani authorities detained Gary Faulkner, a 52-year old American man who has reportedly been searching for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden since September 11, 2001. Faulkner, who was found about nine miles short of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Sunday, was allegedly trying to enter Nuristan, a province in Afghanistan.

    Muhammad Jaffar Khan, the police chief of Chitral, in northwest Pakistan, told reporters, "[Faulkner] told the investigating officer he was going to Afghanistan to get Osama. At first we thought he was mentally deranged." However, after seeing that the American was armed with a pistol, dagger, sword, Christian literature, and night-vision goggles, police realized "he was serious."

    So serious, in fact, that he initially resisted arrest, threatened to fire on police, and later told interrogators he was going to Nuristan "to decapitate Osama bin Laden." According to Khan, when asked whether he felt he had a chance in capturing bin Laden, Faulkner answered, "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him."

    Faulkner, a construction worker from California, previously visited Pakistan seven times, and this was his third trip to Chitral. According to police officials, he arrived in Chitral on June 2 "as a tourist," checked into a hotel, and was given a security escort before disappearing.

    The story of Gary Faulkner is both bizarre and fascinating. First, what if he had avoided police capture and crossed into Afghanistan? What would be the implications if Faulkner had actually caught and killed the al-Qaeda leader? Perhaps Pakistani authorities will be so impressed with Faulkner's dedication that they will unleash him into the tribal wild, keeping their fingers crossed for an end to the ever-annoying "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden" question. For now though, the American has been detained for questioning in Peshawar, leaving us to only ponder potential future scenarios:

    Potential scenario No. 1: Faulkner signs a contract with Fox for a new reality competition show tentatively titled, "Who Wants to be a (25) Millionaire?" Faulkner, the host of the reality series, leads young wannabe Faulkner-ites into Pakistan/Afghanistan, where they compete to capture bin Laden, armed only with spoons and baby powder. The winner receives $25 million and title of Top Bin Laden Hunter.

    Potential scenario No. 2: Sylvester Stallone, famous monotone actor and director, replaces former it-boy Jason Statham with Gary Faulkner as a cast member on his upcoming film, The Expendables, about a team of mercenaries on a mission to South America to overthrow a dictator. When asked by reporters why he chose to switch Statham for Faulkner, Stallone answers (in monotone), "Faulkner. He's so hot right now."

    Potential scenario No. 3: CNBC releases this headline on its news ticker, "Gary Faulkner merchandise sales single handedly push consumer confidence up, markets rally as a result." This merchandise includes (but is not limited to) Gary Faulkner night vision goggles, Gary Faulkner autographed swords and daggers, and t-shirts that say, "I went to Pakistan to hunt Bin Laden and all I got was this lousy t-shirt."

    Potential scenario No. 4: The Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the Peace Prize to Gary Faulkner "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen the one-man hunt for bin Laden." The pundit-sphere debates over how yet another American wins the award without actually achieving anything.

    Potential scenario No. 5: Chuck Norris jokes that became Jack Bauer jokes are now replaced with Gary Faulkner jokes. For example: Gary Faulkner destroyed the periodic table, because Gary Faulkner only recognizes the element of surprise.

    Note: Potential scenario No. 5 is fast becoming a reality.

    Kalsoom Lakhani is director of Social Vision, the strategic philanthropy arm of ML Resources in Washington, D.C. She is from Islamabad, Pakistan, and blogs at CHUP, or Changing Up Pakistan.
     
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    Osama hunter says God told him to avenge 9/11


    ISLAMABAD: An American construction worker detained in Pakistan while on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden claimed on Wednesday that he was obeying an order from God to avenge the 9/11 attacks, said Pakistani security officials.

    Gary Brooks Faulkner said God revealed the order in one of his dreams, prompting him to travel to Pakistan in search of al-Qaida’s leader, said two security officials, one of whom is part of a team of investigators questioning the American.

    Catching bin Laden was 50-year-old Faulkner’s passion, his brother Scott Faulkner said. A devout Christian with a prison record, Faulkner has been to Pakistan at least six times, learned some of the local language, and even grew a long beard to blend in, relatives and acquaintances said.

    When Scott Faulkner dropped his brother off at Denver’s airport May 30, the two discussed the possibility that Gary would not return alive.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ld-him-to-avenge-9/11/articleshow/6057165.cms
     
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    The guys is darn funny... yesterday he say he was sent by GOD toslay bin ladin whose hidding somewhere in nooristan province of Afghanistan.
     
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