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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

Veteran Army Spc. Julio Bernal of Takoma Park, Md. who served in Iraq brings more American flags over to fellow military veterans who put them down on the National Mall in D.C. on March 27, 2014. Veterans and supporters place American flags on the National Mall to represent each of the 1,892 veterans and service members who have died by suicide this year. (The Washington Times) **FILE**

Active-duty suicides up in 2014: report

Suicides among active duty members of the military increased in 2014, through reservists and members of the National Guard saw a decrease, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Pentagon. Published March 31, 2015

moving in: Iraqi fighters on Tuesday went house to house and street by street in search of snipers and booby traps to liberate the city from the Islamic State. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces reached the heart of the city. (Associated Press)

Iraqi forces take Tikrit, but victory celebration may be premature

Iraqi forces celebrated progress in Tikrit on Tuesday, but analysts cautioned that securing the city that Islamic State fighters have controlled since June is not complete and warned that the next step, to retake Mosul, would be even more difficult than the weekslong battle in Tikrit, which required U.S. aid. Published March 31, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks next to new VA Secretary Robert McDonald during a meeting on veterans issues at the Phoenix VA Medical Center on March 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

VA fails to drug test majority of hires in 2013: report

The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to administer a drug test to about 70 percent of employees hired in 2013 who were supposed to be tested, according to an inspector general report released Monday. Published March 30, 2015

Several legal analysts predicted that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, who faces confinement for life if convicted, will receive a more lenient sentence in a plea deal to avoid a drawn-out trial that just provides more bad publicity for the Army after a year of media scrutiny on the conditions around Sgt. Bergdahl's disappearance in 2009. (Associated Press)

Bowe Bergdahl desertion case gives black eye to Army, Obama

The Army charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion Wednesday for abandoning his post in Afghanistan and for misbehavior before the enemy that endangered his unit, kicking off a legal process that his brothers-in-arms demanded, rekindling the debate over the Obama administration's swapping five top Taliban terrorists, and prompting the sergeant himself to say the Taliban had tortured him. Published March 25, 2015

Houthi Shiite fighters (background) patrol as their comrades attend the funeral procession of victims who were killed from triple suicide bombings that hit a pair of mosques in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Saudis lead Arab attack on Yemeni rebels; Iran proxy war looms

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shiite rebel forces in Yemen, responding to distress calls from the U.S.-backed Yemeni president who was fleeing the country in the face of relentless advances by the rebels. Published March 25, 2015

Imam Ali Brigades, members of of an Iraqi Shiite militant group, launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions during clashes in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

U.S. sees 'more sophistication' in Islamic State cyber capabilities

The Islamic State's cyber capabilities are becoming more sophisticated, though information published by the terrorist group in a kill list last week did not come from Defense Department networks, the leader of U.S. Strategic Command said Tuesday. Published March 24, 2015

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani waves from a golf cart as he rides to a meeting at the Camp David Presidential retreat, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Camp David, Md. The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Washington, yet America's exit from the war remains tightly hinged to the abilities of the Afghan forces that face a tough fight against insurgents this spring. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Afghan president unlikely to sway Obama on troop drawdown

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will visit the White House on Tuesday to make the case for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but analysts say the president is unlikely to budge on ending U.S. involvement in 2016. Published March 23, 2015