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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 mybarra@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Maggie Ybarra

Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists during sand storm in the eastern part of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, May 14, 2015. Islamic State extremists tend to take advantage of bad weather when they attack Iraqi security forces positions, an Iraqi officer said. (AP Photo)

Islamic State supporter in Texas arrested

An Iraq-born U.S. citizen who traveled abroad, pledged an oath to the leader of the Islamic State and returned to the United States was arrested for lying to the FBI in an effort to conceal his activity. Published May 15, 2015

"If you're going to go and do alcohol and then show up at the White House and disturb a crime scene, you're out of here," said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz in a Thursday hearing. (Associated Press)

Jason Chaffetz: Fire secret service in drinking scandal

A powerful lawmaker is calling for the two Secret Service agents who were likely intoxicated and disrupted an active bomb investigation near the White House in March to be stripped of their security clearances and fired. Published May 14, 2015

Duluth police officer Dan Merseth, (left) wears a body camera on the front of his uniform during his shift in Duluth, Minnesota. Outfitting cops with body cameras puts police departments in the precarious position of having to decide whether their officers need to keep their cameras on all the time or use them at their discretion, said New Mexico attorney Tom Grover. (Associated Press photographs)

Police body cameras raise privacy concerns

The Department of Justice wants to make it easier for police to obtain and use body cameras, but the devil is in the details with executing the policy, ranging from concerns about when the cameras should be on to what sorts of images should be granted through freedom of information requests. Published May 12, 2015

Police officer salute during the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Jan. 4. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (Associated Press)

Police officer deaths in the line of duty double as morale sinks to new low

Law enforcement morale is at an all-time low as uniformed officers endure increased pushback from the communities and politicians they're risking their lives to protect, and a new report released Monday shows on-duty law enforcement deaths in 2014 occurring at nearly twice the previous year's rate. Published May 11, 2015

FILE-This Wednesday Jan. 14, 2015 file photo made available by the Butler County Jail shows Christopher Lee Cornell. The attorney for Cornell, an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol building Monday asked a federal judge to allow the man a private review of video and audio files in the case against him. (AP Photo/Butler County Jail, File)

Capitol attack suspect accused of acting on Islamic State behalf

An Ohio man who was arrested earlier this year and accused of planning a complex attack on the U.S. Capitol that involved killing officers and employees using semi-automatic rifles is now also being accused of providing material support to the the Islamic State. Published May 7, 2015

Democrats were gleeful when Republicans Chris Christie and Rand Paul got tangled this week in the debate over the Disneyland measles outbreak, until similar words from the pasts of President Obama and 2016 front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton came out. (Associated Press)

Obama's State Department repeatedly ignores open government laws

The State Department has been dismissing about half of the requests it receives for information under open government laws - a pattern of rejection that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee described on Wednesday as unacceptable and embarrassing. Published May 6, 2015

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, Debbie Coluter, a certified nursing assistant, holds the hand of an elderly inmate with Alzheimer's disease, as she helps him to his cell at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) **FILE**

Elderly federal prison inmates not provided safe environment, report finds

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is unable to provide a safe, cost-efficient and secure environment for elderly inmates due to a lack of resources, staff and the proper health facilities to accommodate the rapidly growing population, according to a government watchdog report. Published May 6, 2015

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces challenges in prosecuting the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. (Associated Press)

Lawyers see possible reductions of charges for officers in death of Gray

Baltimore lawyers say that charges against the six police officers accused of injuring and killing Freddie Gray could be reduced as the cops' attorneys scour for ways to protect them from a potentially unfair city court trial or the scrutiny of a biased grand jury. Published May 4, 2015

David Manigault chants while marching toward City Hall to protest the police-custody death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Police say they have turned over their criminal investigation to a prosecutor who will decide whether charges are warranted. (Associated Press)

Baltimore quiet as autopsy information a trickle

Baltimore officials pleaded for patience and calm as angry demonstrators demanded answers Thursday amid new revelations about a black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody. Published April 30, 2015

Victor Huntley-el thanks law enforcement officers as they stand guard, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore, in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Baltimore starts to pick up the pieces in aftermath of massive riots

Baltimore's residents gathered Tuesday in the part of the city hit hardest by the riots and began the slow process of cleaning up after disgruntled citizens and opportunists set fire Monday to cop cars and vandalized stores in the hours following Freddie Gray's funeral. Published April 28, 2015

Friends and family of Freddie Gray gather around his casket before his funeral, Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore officials call for peace ahead of Gray funeral

Hundreds of mourners are expected to pay their respects to a man who died after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody at his funeral Monday in northwest Baltimore, as city and state officials appealed to demonstrators to peacefully seek justice instead of committing acts of violence. Published April 27, 2015

A man throws a brick at police Monday, April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Authorities warn officers of widespread backlash, spread of violence

Law enforcement intelligence officials have put out a warning that someone has sent a text calling on people to kill "all white police officers" in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, raising fears violence could spread nationally, according to safety memos obtained by The Washington Times. Published April 27, 2015