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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

Afghan National Police officers march during a graduation ceremony at a training center in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

U.S. military helps Afghan National Police recruit, train women

Saying the effort plays a key role in the battle against Taliban insurgents, U.S. military and Afghan officials are moving ahead with the latest phase of a cash and training plan to recruit more women to serve in Afghanistan's national police force. Published March 1, 2015

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in New York. Clapper says the cyberattack against Sony demonstrated a new threat from North Korea. He also warned that North Korea will continue the attacks against American interests unless the United States "pushes back."  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

James Clapper: Libya a 'magnet' for terrorism

The U.S. spy chief says the intelligence community has cast a wary eye on "troublesome" Libya and may work hand-in-hand with France to track terrorists who are strengthening their grip in the region. Published February 26, 2015

Jordan furious over Pentagon leak on secret anti-terror training camp

The Pentagon let slip that one of its training camps to help fight Islamic State terrorists is in Jordan — information the pro-U.S. kingdom had specifically requested be kept private, and the latest gaffe in a series of sensitive leaks coming out of the Department of Defense. Published February 23, 2015

U.S. army soldiers load equipments onto an aircraft, not seen, as they prepare to make the journey home at al-Asad airbase west of Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 1 , 2011. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) **FILE**

Islamic State militants launch attack on U.S. air base in Iraq

Islamic State militants clad in Iraqi fighter uniforms and suicide vests launched a sophisticated attack Friday on the second-largest U.S. air base in Iraq, creating havoc at the site of a U.S.-led training operation. Published February 13, 2015

Afghan police officers hold a national flag as they celebrate after a graduation ceremony at a National Police training center in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Over a hundred national police officers graduated after receiving a two-month training program in Jalalabad. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Obama administration looks to revise Afghanistan strategy again

President Obama is considering slowing his plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan just as former diplomats and military officials are calling for a conditions-based approach to the unstable security situation in the country. Published February 11, 2015

Army Gen. John F. Campbell will explain to lawmakers why he tried to conceal from taxpayers how money is being spent on bolstering Afghanistan's nascent security forces and then reversed himself. (Associated Press)

U.S. Gen. John Campbell to explain Afghan troop information concealment

The four-star general who oversees international military operations in Afghanistan will explain to lawmakers Thursday why he tried to conceal from taxpayers how their dollars are being spent on bolstering the country's nascent security forces and then reversed himself. Published February 11, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The leaders were expected to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and arming Ukrainian fighters to wage a more effective battle against Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama to declare end of Ebola mission

President Obama will announce Wednesday an end to the five-month military mission to battle an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Published February 10, 2015

Yemeni demonstrators climb the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, during a protest against a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

U.S. Embassy in Yemen closing amid violence

The United States is shuttering the doors to the U.S. Embassy in Yemen and evacuating its diplomats following a violent uprising of Shia Houthi rebels that led to the resignation of the nation's president. Published February 10, 2015