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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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Sen. John McCain blasted the president's "more of the same" strategy for Ukraine and described it as "doomed to fail." (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Pentagon prepping forces to assist Ukraine's national guard

The Pentagon is preparing to send troops to Ukraine to train its nascent national guard on how to operate as a professional security force in the face of escalating violence in the eastern part of the country. Published February 9, 2015

Soldiers rush a trauma victim to a U.S. Army medical helicopter in Tarmiyah, Iraq, Sept. 30, 2007. (U.S. Army)

U.S. moves rescue helicopters closer to battlefield

The U.S. military has begun moving rescue helicopters to northern Iraq to shorten the amount of time it takes to recover pilots who end up in parts of Iraq and Syria that have been overrun by Islamic State militants, according to Pentagon officials. Published February 6, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., flanked by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, where he gathered a bipartisan group of senators to call on American support for Ukraine, which needs weaponry to stave off incursion from Russia and Ukrainian separatists. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Ukraine urges U.S. to make good on nukes-for-protection deal

Ukrainian leaders pleaded Thursday with the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to defend against a Russian invasion, saying that America promised more than two decades ago to protect the country when it gave up its stockpile of nuclear weapons. Published February 5, 2015

Ashton Carter's performance before the Senate Armed Services Committee provoked an immediate response from the White House, where the chief presidential spokesman Joshua Ernest cautioned that Mr. Obama, and not Mr. Carter, sets policy. (Associated Press)

New defense secretary airs differences with Obama over Ukraine, Gitmo

President Obama's pick to be the next defense secretary assured senators that he will be an independent voice inside the administration, even going as far as to say he differs from the White House on such critical issues as Guantanamo Bay, Ukraine and putting soldiers on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published February 4, 2015

President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter is signaling to lawmakers that instability in such countries as Libya and Yemen may require additional counterterrorism operations similar to the ones being conducted by the U.S. military on the Pakistan and Afghanistan border. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter will prioritize terrorist safe havens, foreign fighters

President Obama's nominee for defense secretary will tell Congress on Wednesday that he is wary of Islamic State militants trying to establish a foothold in Afghanistan and leery of foreign fighters that are spilling out of North Africa to support the extremist group. Published February 3, 2015