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Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra is military affairs and Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Maggie Ybarra

This image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows a convoy of vehicles and fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Iraq's Anbar Province. With al-Qaida linked fighters and allied tribal gunmen camped on the outskirts, a tentative calm took hold over Fallujah on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 and residents started to return to the besieged city west of Baghdad. Government forces were stationed nearby as sporadic street fighting breaks out in other cities. The picture painted by residents, officials and international groups suggests that both the militants and government forces are preparing for a long standoff with civilians caught in the middle.(AP Photo via militant website)

Islamist militants have gained knowledge, equipment, strength in numbers

Intelligence officials say the Islamic State group that marched relentlessly across swaths of Iraq this year has grown from a ragtag band of fighters into a formidable battlefield-tested military force with significant access to cash, high-tech hardware seized from its enemies and a stronghold in a volatile and sensitive part of the world. Published September 10, 2014

** FILE ** (Associated Press)

Military investigators botch child sex assault cases, probe finds

The Pentagon's chief watchdog warned Tuesday that the military's criminal investigative agencies have mishandled about a dozen child sexual assault cases and made recommendations ranging from enhancing guidelines for collecting evidence to ensuring that victims receive the proper paperwork. Published September 9, 2014

An AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. (Associated Press)

Additional U.S. troops begin arriving in Iraq

The first wave of an additional 350 U.S. troops supplementing security personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad have arrived in Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Thursday. Published September 4, 2014

FILE- In this Feb.17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 kilometers (12 miles) south of Mogadishu, Somalia.  U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

Pentagon trying to confirm if al-Shabab leader killed in drone strike

The Pentagon conducted a rare drone strike in Somalia against a terrorist leader with a $7 million bounty on his head — a bold operation that left military officials searching on Tuesday for intelligence to verify whether the strike was a success. Published September 2, 2014

** FILE ** In a Wednesday, July 10, 2013, file photo, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Giuliani said Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, that he finds it "pretty darn credible" that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn't know about an apparently politically motivated plan to create traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Ex-officials urge aid for Iranian dissidents at Camp Liberty

A bipartisan group of former officials and retired military officers is urging President Obama to provide humanitarian aid to hundreds of Iranian dissidents living at a former U.S. military compound near Baghdad's international airport. Published September 2, 2014