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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

A police officer patrols as Turkish police raid homes in the Haci Bayram neighborhood of the capital Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

U.S., Turkey in talks to create Islamic State-free zones along Syria border

Amid widespread reports of an Islamic State-free zone being created on the border between Turkey and Syria, the Pentagon said Monday that the administration is nowhere near a final deal and that the U.S. is committed to making the entire world a safe zone from terrorists. Published July 27, 2015

Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan near Idlib, Syria, on Dec. 17, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Second class of Syrians begin training program

A second class of Syrians has begun the U.S. train and equip program, officials said Friday, though it's still unclear how many Syrians are taking part in the training that has struggled to get enough recruits. Published July 24, 2015

Turkish army tanks hold positions near the border with Syria, in the outskirts of the village of Elbeyi, east of the town of Kilis, in southeaster Turkey, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Suspected Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from a region under IS control, inside Syrian territory Thursday, killing a Turkish soldier and wounding two others, an official said. Turkish troops retaliated to the attack and at least one IS militant was killed, amid a surge of violence in Turkey following a suicide bomb attack near Turkey's border with Syria which killed 32 people. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey joins fight against Islamic State: reports

Turkey has joined the fight against the Islamic State, with three Turkish F-16s bombing terrorist assembly points on the outskirts of Syria early Friday, according to media reports. Published July 24, 2015

An FBI investigator investigates the scene of a shooting outside a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 17, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Governors arm National Guardsmen after deadly Chattanooga shooting

The shootings last week that killed five service members has reinvigorated the debate about whether troops should be able to carry personal firearms for protection on base, with supporters saying arming service members could prevent attacks like the one in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Published July 20, 2015

A former Marine who manages a Chattanooga, Tennessee, restaurant honored the four troops killed by a gunman in a July 16 attack on two nearby military facilities by setting a table as a memorial. (WTVC)

Former Marine’s tribute to Chattanooga victims goes viral

A former Marine honored the four troops killed Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a table at a local restaurant set with upside down beer mugs, black napkins and a white plate topped with a red ribbon for each Marine killed in the shooting. Published July 17, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 7, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Defense policy bill to address letting troops use guns on bases

Lawmakers are calling for troops to be able to carry firearms on military bases in the wake of a shooting Thursday in Chattanooga that left four Marines dead, though the idea has previously been denied by military leaders. Published July 17, 2015