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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

Sen. John McCain, R-Az., walks to the Senate Chamber to begin a special session to extend surveillance programs, in Washington, Sunday, May 31, 2015. The Senate was unable to make a deal to extend contested anti-terror provisions and as a result, the post-Sept. 11 programs expired at midnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

John McCain: Holding defense bill hostage isn't solution to sequestration

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that even though the defense policy bill before the Senate isn't an ideal solution since it doesn't solve sequestration, it's a better option than holding up the bill that touches all corners over the Defense Department to force an agreement to lift spending caps. Published June 2, 2015

U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015, holding their fire mainly because of a lack of ground intelligence and raising questions about President Obama's key tactic in pushing back an enemy that continues to expand its territory in the war zone. Published May 31, 2015

In this April 23, 2015, file photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters regain control of the northern neighborhoods, after overnight heavy clashes with Islamic State group militants, in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iraqi forces fighting to retake Ramadi

Iraq forces launched an offensive to retake Ramadi on Tuesday, signaling the enormous political pressure the Baghdad government is under to restore faith in its mission to defeat the Islamic State, analysts said. Published May 26, 2015

A woman who fled Ramadi holds a child in a camp in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, Iraq, on Friday. (Associated Press)

Fall of Ramadi has ex-troops frustrated with Iraqi forces, Obama's strategy

Echoing concerns of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who said Iraqi troops have not shown a "will to fight" the Islamic State, many U.S. servicemen and women have expressed frustration over the Iraqi army's inability to defend its nation, and hold varying views on how much U.S. engagement is the right way forward. Published May 25, 2015

Spiritual support a major need for veterans' caregivers

Military caregivers say their faith is often what got them through the darkest times, and they urged religious leaders and advocates gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday to help them out and learn more about the issue. Published May 21, 2015

An Iraqi soldier helped one of thousands of Ramadi residents leave Wednesday after the city was seized by Islamic State fighters. Former trainers say Iraqi troops are in dire need of unity and leadership in government. (Associated Press)

American ex-trainer sees fatal flaws for Iraqi forces

A U.S. soldier who helped train some of the first post-Saddam Hussein Iraqi forces in 2004 said the nation's soldiers are likelier to lay down their weapons and flee in the face of a fight because the force is largely devoid of leadership and operating under a fractured government. Published May 20, 2015

6 Marines presumed dead in Nepal chopper crash

The six Marines involved in the helicopter crash in Nepal earlier this week are presumed dead Friday after search-and-rescue personnel located the crash site, the Pentagon said Friday. Published May 15, 2015