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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, al Qaeda's No. 2 figure and leader of its powerful Yemeni affiliate, was killed in a U.S. strike, making it the harshest blow to the global militant network since the killing of Osama bin Laden. In question now is who is going to fill his role. (Associated Press)

Nasir al-Wuhayshi death by U.S. drone strike creates al Qaeda global leadership gap

The U.S. drone strike that killed the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- the global terrorist group's second-in-command -- is unlikely to slow the group's deadly operations in Yemen but is expected to have a deep and lasting effect on the struggling global operations of "al Qaeda prime" -- the core group that Osama bin Laden founded and led until his death in 2011. Published June 16, 2015

FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. It’s time for Republican presidential contenders to “Roast and Ride,” a new twist in Iowa’s down-home presidential politicking. A weekend gathering Ernst features a pig roast, speeches from seven 2016 hopefuls and a motorcycle ride that promises to get at least a few of them on wheels. It’s a prime political event for Republicans in a state known for a straw poll that is declining in relevance and for an annual steak fry for Democrats that had its last hurrah last year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Senate blocks directly arming Kurds in Islamic State fight

The Senate stalemated Tuesday afternoon on the best strategy to fight the Islamic State, failing to approve an amendment that would allow the administration to go around the central Iraqi government and directly arm Kurdish forces. Published June 16, 2015

FILE - This image from video released Jan. 23, 2009, by al-Malahim Media Foundation and provided by IntelCenter on Dec. 30, 2009, shows the leader of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, identified by the IntelCenter as Nasir al-Wahishi, in Yemen. Al-Qaida on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 confirmed that al-Wahishi, its No. 2 figure and leader of its powerful Yemeni affiliate, was killed in a U.S. strike, making it the harshest blow to the global militant network since the killing of Osama bin Laden.  (IntelCenter via AP, File)

Al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen drone strike

The leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- the most dangerous arm of the terrorist group -- has been killed in a strike in Yemen, the White House announced Tuesday. Published June 16, 2015

This Feb. 19, 2015, photo shows Referee Module No. 2 of the Whole System Live Agent Test at Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP) ** FILE **

11 live anthrax lots found at Dugway lab so far

Nearly half of the anthrax lots that have been tested so far at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah have contained live bacteria, the Pentagon said Thursday, as testing continues on the remaining Pentagon samples. Published June 11, 2015

Iraqi army soldiers celebrate during a training mission outside Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Obama sending hundreds of troops to Iraq to train nation's military

Under pressure to come up with a winning strategy to defeat the Islamic State, President Obama ordered up to 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq Wednesday to "advise and assist" Iraqi forces, as Capitol Hill lawmakers pressed for a greater role in authorizing the burgeoning military operation. Published June 10, 2015

Islamic State fighters left a path of death and destruction as they blazed their way through northern Iraq last year and captured two key Sunni-dominated cities. Some analysts predict they will try to make further incursions during Ramadan, including in Baghdad. (Associated Press)

Islamic State keeps firm grip one year after Mosul's fall

Mosul -- Iraq's second-largest city -- fell to Islamic State control exactly one year ago Wednesday and, because of weaknesses among Iraqi forces and the unexpected strength of terrorist fighters, analysts predict the Iraqis aren't even close to reclaiming it, despite U.S. assurances that a major offensive would be underway by summertime. Published June 9, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ashton Carter's candor creates major headaches for President Obama

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's honesty on matters of national security is causing headaches for the White House, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill like his willingness to dig into controversial issues publicly -- unlike previous defense secretaries who voiced their frustration with the administration only after leaving office. Published June 8, 2015

A Free Syrian Army soldier stands on a damaged Syrian military tank in front of a damaged mosque, which were destroyed during fighting with government forces, in the Syrian town of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo on Sept. 23, 2012. Syrian rebels on May 8, 2015, voiced serious reservations about a U.S. program to train moderate rebels which U.S. and Jordanian officials say has kicked off in Jordan, dismissing it as a drop in the ocean that would not change realities on the ground. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Army website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility on Twitter for hacking into the Army's official website Monday to protest the training America is providing to Syrian rebels. Published June 8, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Rand Paul, GOP back arming Kurds against Islamic State

Most Republican 2016 presidential contenders say they support arming Kurdish fighters in the campaign against the Islamic State, marking a clear departure from President Obama's current foreign strategy and a welcome game plan among military analysts, who say arming the Kurds is a must-do to defeat the terror organization. Published June 7, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter walks with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar after receiving a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi. Mr. Carter signed a 10-year agreement with India seen by some as a move to counter China's growing influence. (Associated Press)

U.S., India join forces to counter Beijing aggression in South China Sea

ANALYSIS: The defense framework signed with India this week during Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's trip to the Pacific is the most recent step in U.S. efforts to put together a coalition to counter China's growing influence, including its aggression in the South China Sea. Published June 4, 2015

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan in June 2014. The soldier was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after he walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bowe Bergdahl preliminary hearing postponed

The preliminary hearing for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, which was originally scheduled for July 8, will be pushed back more than two months at the request of his lawyer, the Army said Thursday. Published June 4, 2015

This Feb. 19, 2015, photo shows aerosol generation module of the Whole System Live Agent Test (WSLAT) at Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating that aspect of what went wrong at Dugway Proving Ground, the Army installation in Utah that sent the anthrax to government and commercial labs in several states across the U.S. and to an Army lab in South Korea. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

Numbers of labs that may have received live anthrax grows to 51

The number of labs that may have accidentally received live anthrax has increased to 51, the Pentagon announced Wednesday, amid the start of an investigation to test the departments more than 400 samples of dead anthrax to check for any more live spores. Published June 3, 2015