Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali
The Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2010

The U.S. has spent nine years and billions of dollars trying to hunt down Osama bin Laden amid the rugged, lawless badlands along Pakistani-Afghan border.

But according to Pakistani officials, Gary Brooks Faulkner thought he could get the job done himself, with a pistol, a dagger and a pair of night-vision goggles.

The California construction worker, whose age was variously reported as 52 and 40, was arrested early Monday in Pakistan’s Chitral region, a mountainous, forested expanse along the Afghan border. When questioned, he told authorities that he was “on a mission to decapitate Bin Laden,” Pakistani police officers quoted Faulkner as saying.

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