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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

** 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

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 this April 12, 2013, file photo, a U.S. Marine F/A-18 Hornet jet flies low pass during Philippines-U.S. joint military exercise in northern Philippines. President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. Obama said American military planes already had carried out airdrops of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities surrounded by militants and desperately in need of food and water. The Pentagon said the airdrops were performed by one C-17 and two C-130 cargo aircraft that together delivered a total of 72 bundles of food and water. They were escorted by two F/A-18 fighters. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

State Department asks for more troops in Iraq

The State Department wants the Pentagon to send additional troops to Iraq — an indication that the battle to defeat the Islamic State group is steadily growing. Published August 20, 2014

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell  shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August, 2014.  The U.S. Army has begun questioning Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell) MANDATORY CREDIT

Army extends investigation into Bergdahl case

The Army is extending its probe into a soldier who went missing from an Afghanistan combat outpost in June 2009 and was captured by Islamic militants. Published August 19, 2014

Hamas supporters gather for a rally in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Evidence has pointed to Iran continuing to funnel weapons to the Palestinian side of the conflict with Israel. (Associated Press)

Despite sanctions relief, Iran aids Hamas with missile technology

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a "real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement" with Tehran. But while both countries work overtime on thorny nuclear issues, fresh evidence suggests Iran continues to support the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, which went to war anew this summer with Israel. Published August 18, 2014

Smoke rises from airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Mosul Dam. Boosted by two days of U.S. attacks, Iraqi and Kurdish forces wrested back control of the country's largest dam Monday. (Associated Press)

U.S. expands campaign against Islamic State

The U.S. military has significantly ramped up its bombing campaign in northern Iraq in recent days, sending fighter jets and armed drones to support Kurdish and Iraqi forces who reclaimed control of the Mosul Dam from Islamic State fighters early Monday. Published August 18, 2014

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 25, 2014 file photo, Kurdish peshmerga fighters take positions on the front line with militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in Tuz Khormato, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the oil rich province of Kirkuk, northern Iraq. The Kurdish forces trying to protect this northern Iraqi town have felt the brunt of Islamic extremist fighters’ attacks and know how ferocious it is. The militants are bristling with American weapons and armored Humvees looted from Iraqi arsenals, giving them a powerful edge. After Washington’s promises to arm them, the Kurds say they badly need heavier weapons from the United States to stem the expansion of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Pentagon planning for weapons delivery to Kurdish fighters

The Pentagon is looking to join U.S. allies in delivering weapons supplies to Kurdish fighters who are battling back a violent, Islamic militant group persecuting religious minorities in northern Iraq. Published August 13, 2014