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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

An MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 approaches for a landing aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship Anchorage. (U.S. Navy)

Marine crew member declared lost at sea

A U.S. Marine who jumped into the North Arabian Gulf after his aircraft appeared poised to crash into the ocean "is presumed lost at sea," a Navy spokesman said Thursday. Published October 2, 2014

Soldiers of Ukrainian army ride on a tank in the port city of Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. The Ukrainian president declared a cease-fire Friday to end nearly five months of fighting in the nation's east after his representatives reached a deal with the Russian-backed rebels at peace talks in Minsk. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

U.S. counterinsurgency operatives deployed to Ukraine

The Pentagon has dispatched more than a dozen military personnel to Kiev this week to provide tips to Ukrainian security forces on counterinsurgency and military planning tactics. Published September 27, 2014

Smokes rises from near the Yemeni Government TV building, background, during clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Hawthi fighters and militias and army units allied with the Muslim Brotherhood's Islah party battled in Sanaa for a third day Saturday in clashes that have shaken the Yemeni capital, killed over 120 people, and led to thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises fears that this chronically unstable country could be dragged into the sort of sectarian conflicts that have plagued other nations in the region. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

State evacuates some from Yemen embassy

The State Department has begun slowly pulling embassy personnel out of Yemen to protect them from deteriorating security conditions as a Shiite militia has taken control of parts of the country's capital. Published September 25, 2014

JCS chief meets Colombia counterpart for first time since late-90s

The commanding officer of Colombia's military forces made a quiet appearance at the Pentagon on Thursday for talks with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey -- a rare face-to-face between the highest-level uniformed commanders from the two nations, military officials said. Published September 25, 2014

FILE- In this file image provided by the U.S. Navy on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Arab countries’ prominent role in initial airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria shatters the notion of what a typical American-led military operation looks like and won the Mideast allies praise from U.S. President Barack Obama for their willingness to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder" with the United States. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst, File)

Coalition airstrikes target Syrian oil fields

The U.S. military began dropping missiles on Islamic State-owned oil fields in eastern Syria Wednesday, part of an overarching strategic plan to dismantle the terrorist network's ability to finance its violent Jihadi war. Published September 24, 2014

Qatar pilots kept watch as U.S. Syrian mission unfolded

Qatari pilots were assigned to patrol Syrian airspace in search of potential airborne threats while other Arab nations were dropping bombs on Islamic State targets Monday, according to senior Pentagon officials. Published September 23, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, shakes hands with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed before a meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Fears grow that Obama has 'paper coalition' in Arab world

The coalition of Arab nations that joined the U.S.-led air campaign in Syria signaled a new war on terror phase in which the Sunni Muslim-led states of the region are showing unprecedented willingness to take on Sunni Muslim extremists in their midst. Published September 23, 2014

Vehicles are stopped by security personal as they enter a gate Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, to Camp Edwards, Mass., on Cape Cod. Police and military officials were searching Monday for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at the base. The Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, at Camp Edwards, U.S. military officials said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Afghan soldiers missing from Mass. mall found near Canadian border

Law enforcement agencies have found three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who vanished from a Massachusetts mall while in the country for an international peace-keeping exercise, according to a senior Pentagon official. Published September 22, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington following his meeting with President Barack Obama, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ukraine president repeats plea for U.S. military aid

Ukraine's president made a last-ditch plea for lethal weaponry during an award ceremony in Washington on Thursday evening. Petro Poroshenko, the country's newly elected leader, said that he has been pressuring the U.S. to provide Ukraine with weaponry because he is concerned that Kiev may not have the means to defend itself against Moscow in future wars. Published September 18, 2014