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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

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., bangs the gavel to start the committee's hearing to examine global challenges and U.S. national security strategy, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

John McCain to question lack of U.S. ground troops in Middle East

Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, plans to ask three of the military's former top commanders whether U.S. ground forces are needed in Syria, questioning the administration's approach of limiting U.S. boots on the ground in conflict areas such as the Middle East. Published January 26, 2015

Military police patrol near Fort Hood's main gate, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. A soldier, Spc. Ivan Lopez, opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Army probe shows gaps in threat identification system

An Army investigation into last year's deadly shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, found that the base lacked a system capable of identifying and tracking a shooter who killed four and injured 16. Published January 23, 2015

Chuck Hagel exposes rift between U.S. and Iraq

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday exposed a growing rift between the United States and Iraq when he blasted its new prime minister for publicly complaining that the international community has left his country in a lurch. Published January 22, 2015

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Congress to Obama: Update Russian defense policy

Two of Washington's most influential lawmakers are asking the defense chief and secretary of state to update their plans for keeping troops in Europe in the wake of a "dangerous escalation" in Russian aggression. Published January 22, 2015

In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, photo Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan exchange signed documents in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/ Vadim Savitsky, Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia lines up counter-terrorism allies

Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East.Russia is trying to strengthen its counter-terrorism ties with partner nations India and Iran just as the U.S. government is increasing pressure on terrorists in the Middle East. Published January 22, 2015

In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, Polish soldiers, background, and and British soldiers  take part in joint military exercise  in Swietoszow, Poland. The British-led exercise  involved more than 1,000  British  troops   making it the largest British  commitment sent to Eastern Europe since 2008 and  is part of NATO’s reaction to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

U.S. Army commander in Europe heads to Ukraine

The U.S. Army's commander in Europe will meet with Ukrainian defense officials to the discuss their military-to-military relationship just as the war-torn country wrestling with Russian supporters for control over a key airport in Donetsk. Published January 20, 2015

A soldier stands guard at the front gate entrance to Guantanamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba on May 12, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pentagon orders Gitmo tribunal judges to ditch side jobs

The Pentagon is directing judges who oversee military tribunals at a high-security detention facility in Cuba to stop juggling cases in other countries and focus solely on closing the cases of detainees charged with terrorism. Published January 9, 2015

The first F-35B fighter jet attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Yuma, Ariz., on Nov. 16, 2012. (Associated Press/The Yuma Sun, Craig Fry) ** FILE **

U.S. military to base new stealth jets in U.K.

The U.S. military is pulling refueling aircraft and intelligence collection airplanes out of three bases in east Britain over the next few years and turning that region of the world into a permanent home for its newest stealth jet. Published January 8, 2015