NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON — United States Special Operations troops are forming elite counter terrorism units in four countries in North and West Africa that American officials say are pivotal in the widening war against Al Qaeda’s affiliates and associates on the continent, even as they acknowledge the difficulties of working with weak allies.The secretive program, financed in part with millions of dollars in classified Pentagon spending and carried out by trainers, including members of the Army’s Green Berets and Delta Force, was begun last year to instruct and equip hundreds of handpicked commandos in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali. The goal over the next few years is to build homegrown African counter terrorism teams capable of combating fighters like those in Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that abducted nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls last month. American military specialists are helping Nigerian officers in their efforts to rescue the girls.
Since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has slowly built a multi pronged counter terrorism strategy in Africa: It has carried out armed drone strikes in Somalia from its only permanent base on the continent, in Djibouti; backed African proxies and French commandos fighting Islamist extremists in Somalia and Mali; and increasingly trained African troops to combat insurgents. Under the new Africa plan, the Pentagon is spending nearly $70 million on training, intelligence-gathering equipment and other support to build a counter terrorism battalion in Niger and a similar unit in nearby Mauritania that are in their “formative stages,” a senior Defense Department official said.
Orlando Imam Abu Taubah Sent Terror Recruits to Al-Qaeda in Mauritania and Mali West Africa. Marcus Dwayne Robertson aka Orlando Muslim Cleric Abu Taubah had a terrorist training program set up in Mauritania located in West Africa it shares a border with Mali at its east and Algeria at its northeast. Marcus Dwayne Robertson aka Muslim Cleric Abu Taubah was shipping terror recruits from Orlando Fl into Mauritania and then Mali for Al-Qaeda, that’s why he is still in prison! Muslim Cleric Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson had run the Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary (F.I.K.S.) out of his home in Orlando Fl with a BRONX New York website location, see their website click here, where he trys to get recruits to go to Mauritania, Africa.
Two residents of Mobile, Ala. were arrested and charged in connection with a conspiracy to travel from the United States to Mauritania to wage jihad via Orlando Fl Imam Abu Taubah's Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary (F.I.K.S.), they have since plead guility. Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair on (L) and Randy Wilson on (R), also known as Rasheed Wilson met online in 2010. In August 2011 an FBI undercover agent met with Wilson who told the agent that he and Abukhdair were plotting to travel overseas to seek jihad in Mauritania Africa. Orlando Fl Imam Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson DOB 9/03/1968 is a three time loser, having spent a total of 12 years in the State Prisons of New York and Pennsylvania. Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson DOB 9/03/1968 did time for violent crimes.
From: Abu Taubah
I was arrested by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and eventually charged with, “Constructive Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.” This crime holds a sentencing range of “zero to ten years.” Meaning, the minimum sentence could be, “probation”, or “time served” and the maximum sentence could be, “ten years.”
What factors are taken into consideration in determining the sentence?
1- The length of time since last conviction: Fact: “My last conviction (of at least 3 violent felon charges) was more than 20 years ago (TRUTH BE TOLD IT WAS 16 YEARS AGO IN 1995.”
2- The characterization of the person: Fact:This is where my case becomes a battle of perception.
The Prosecution is attempting to characterize me as a “Teacher of Terrorists.” Google, Bill Warner/Marcus Robertson as he has an investigative company and an entire site dedicated to this case. The FBI is using him (Bill Warner) to set the tone. They are attempting to twist my statements to fit into a terrorist plot.
I need you all to be my heroes. Do not let the Prosecution turn a simple gun charge into the Terrorist case of the Decade. The honorable Judge Pressnel of the Middle District of Florida has to hear a view of me and my teachings other than that presented by the Prosecution.
What is at stake?
1. If the Prosecution is successful at defining, “going to study, memorizing Quraan and making Hajj as having relevance to terrorism, they will be successful in at least discouraging those actions.At most, determining when it is illegal to perform them.
2. I will get an aggravated sentence, probably as much as 20 years.
I would like to thank Allaah for giving me such as large international family (of terrorists).
UPDATE: Orlando Fl Imam Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson still in the John Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford Fl. Imam Abu Taubah aka Marcus Robertson was initially arrested on a gun charge by Federal agents from the FBI with an assist from the ATF, see original news story “Counter-terrorism agent arrests Orange Co. Islamic Imam“.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com