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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 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

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

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

This image provided by the U.S. Defense Department shows pallets of bottled water are loaded aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in preparation for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq Aug. 8, 2014. Airmen with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron airdropped 40 bundles of water for displaced citizens in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq. American planes conducted a second airdrop of food and water early Saturday for those trapped in the Sinjar mountains, said Pentagon chief spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

Pentagon: Rescue mission to Sinjar Mountain 'less likely'

Defense Department officials say a mission to rescue thousands of refugees atop Iraq's Sinjar Mountain is unlikely after a team of U.S. Army Green Berets surveyed the situation in the last day and found fewer refugees and better conditions than had been expected. Published August 13, 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

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle near the holy Lalish temple in the Mountains of Shikhan near Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. President Barack Obama authorized the airstrikes to protect U.S. interests and personnel in the region, including at facilities in Irbil, as well as Yazidi refugees fleeing militants. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

130 advisers sent to northern Iraq to help fight Islamists

The Obama Administration sent about 130 advisers to northern Iraq on Tuesday in preparation for expanding a humanitarian mission to assist the Yazidi, a religious minority fleeing a vicious and war-savvy Islamist militant group. Published August 12, 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  (AP Photo, Hadi Mizban, File)

Al-Maliki accuses Iraq president of 'coup'

Further destabilization rocked Iraq on Sunday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused President Fouad Massoum of engaging in a "coup" by failing to choose a new prime minister by an Sunday's deadline. Published August 10, 2014

An F/A-18C Hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in the Persian Gulf. Aircrafts aboard the George H.W. Bush are flying missions over Iraq after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamic militants and food drops for Iraqis trapped by the fighters. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi Kurds reclaim land from Islamic State militants

Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes succeeded Sunday in expelling Islamic State fighters from two northern Iraqi towns, but the developments did little to appease Obama administration critics who say the White House lacks a coherent long-term strategy for beating back the growing al Qaeda-inspired militancy in the war-torn nation. Published August 10, 2014

F-15 STRIKE EAGLE. File photo.

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State

President Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in Iraq and approved a humanitarian mission to deliver food and other supplies to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped on mountaintops, moves that represent the most significant re-engagement in Iraq since formal combat operations ended three years ago. Published August 7, 2014