American Bin Laden Hunter Wants Piece of Reward

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Osama bin Laden Hunter Was Planning 12th Attempt

Faulkner said that before he heard news of bin Laden's death, he was in the midst of planning his next mission to the Middle East. While he didn't reveal too many details, he did say this one involved using an ultralight aircraft to come through the "back door" of northern Afghanistan.

"We were gearing up to go back and finish this up," he said.

In previous attempts, Faulkner had tried to use a hang glider to approach bin Laden's suspected cave, but had to call those plans off after disastrous dry runs with the hang glider in Israel.

Now that bin Laden's dead, Faulkner said he's retiring from the bounty hunter business. Instead, he's basking in the glow he feels for what he said was his integral role in bringing the world's most famous terrorist down.

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"I'm on cloud nine," he said. "To know that I actually had a hand in this... It was a good marriage of myself, the Pakistani government and our government and now the man has been brought to justice not even a year later.

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"This is sweet."

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