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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

A police officer ties police tape to a handrail. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Majority of police force quits after Missouri town elects first black mayor

Most of the police force and several city officials quit their post in the tiny Missouri town of Parma last week after the city elected its first black mayor, leaving the mayor struggling to understand whether the mass resignation was tied to the divisive racial issues that have racked the state or the signs of a corruption ring. Published April 21, 2015

Demonstrators protest the death of Freddie Gray outside Baltimore City Hall on Monday, April 20, 2015. Gray died Sunday, a week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with four Baltimore police officers. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

Baltimore man dies from injuries sustained during arrest

A Baltimore man died Sunday from injuries sustained while in the custody of police suffered "a very tragic injury to his spinal cord," Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said during a press conference Monday. Published April 20, 2015

Baltimore's murder clearance rate currently stands at 53.7 percent, according to Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, even lower than the national average. (Associated Press)

Cops nationwide struggle to solve murders, as case clearance rate drops to 64 percent

The national homicide "clearance rate" — that is, local police identifying and arresting killers — has slipped to 64.1 percent from more than 90 percent just 50 years ago amid shrinking budgets, higher closure standards and more crimes being committed by gangs and drug dealers who may have no local footprint and/or encourage a "no-snitch" mentality. Published April 19, 2015

Even if the U.S. and other world powers can settle on the delicate final terms of a nuclear deal with Tehran, there's still a big chance Iranian hard-liners will pressure Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to reject the accord. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

4 firms accused of illegally exporting military technology to Iran

The federal government is accusing four companies — one of them based in Houston — and five individuals with illegally exporting technology to Iran that would support military systems, such as naval vessels, radar arrays and air defense technology. Published April 17, 2015

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, left, speaks with his defense attorney, Sam Shamansky, during a hearing to set bond on charges of money laundering and providing support for terrorism, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Mohamud pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $1 million. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Ohio man charged with plot to attack, execute U.S. soldiers

A federal grand jury on Thursday charged a 23-year-old Ohio man with attempting to support the agenda of terrorists after he flew to Syria, received training from a terror group and returned to the U.S. with a plan to attack military officers and police. Published April 16, 2015

Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Michele Leonhart speaks in Arlington, Va., on July 26, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House members denounce DEA administrator

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee banded together Wednesday to express that they have "no confidence" in the Drug Enforcement Administration's top official. Published April 15, 2015

Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, said the report depicted "truly breathtaking recklessness" and showed "DEA agents as completely out of control." (Associated Press)

No DEA agents fired for Colombia prostitute parties, internal report reveals

An internal Drug Enforcement Administration report on Colombian sex parties, made public by Congress, shows the federal agency gave 10 of its agents a slap on the wrist for partying with prostitutes while allowing local police to watch their weapons and personal property. Published April 14, 2015

Terence Wright, of North Charleston, South Carolina , pays his respects at the scene where Walter Scott was killed by a police officer Saturday, after a traffic stop in the city. Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager is being charged with Scott's murder. (Associated Press)

S.C. police release dash cam tape in Walter Scott shooting

Several states are looking to hire independent panels to oversee the implementation of police reforms and lawmakers are also considering legislation that would force police to don body cameras in the wake of another instance where a white officer killed an unarmed black man. Published April 9, 2015