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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

People gather to share scarce water, in al-Baghdadi, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. All across Iraq, there has been rapid advance by Islamic State extremists over the past year. (AP Photo)

Iraqi forces, coalition retake western town of al-Baghdadi

A multinational coalition that has been tracking and destroying Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria claims to have won a battle against those militants over the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi. Published March 6, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to review the defense authorization request for fiscal 2016 and the future years defense program.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pentagon starts inquiry into Iraq war-plan briefing

The Pentagon has launched an internal inquiry into a military official who briefed reporters in detail on the strategy that Iraqi forces planned to use to free Mosul, Iraq, from the grip of Islamic State militants. Published March 3, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee to deliver the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Egypt gearing up for major attack on militants in Libya

The Egyptian military is preparing to attack Islamic State militants operating in Libya for a second time just as U.S. military leaders are seeking an expanded mandate to stamp out the extremist group in any country where its members reside. Published March 2, 2015

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

Reinforcement Afghan police officers pose together as they are expected to go for recapturing the village of Wanat in Nuristan province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday July 17, 2008. U.S. and Afghan troops have abandoned a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan where militants killed nine American soldiers earlier this week, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

U.S. ramps up program women cops in Afghanistan

U.S. military and Afghan officials are moving ahead with the next 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