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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

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

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National Commander of the American Legion Michael Helm at their national headquarters, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

American Legion opposes changes to military retirement, health care

The American Legion, one of the nation's largest veterans advocacy groups, said Wednesday that it opposes major reforms to military health care and retirement proposed earlier this year by a commission charged with fixing the military benefits system. Published April 22, 2015

Islamic State militants raise their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. (Associated Press)

Administration sees wins in terror fight despite spread of militants

Despite deadly incidents in Libya and Afghanistan over the weekend, the White House said Monday it is "difficult to assess" whether the Islamic State terrorist group has moved beyond Iraq and Syria and now is operating in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Published April 20, 2015

In this image made with a mobile phone, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters gather for a patrol in central Ramadi, Iraq, early Friday, April 17, 2015.  In Iraq's western Anbar province, Iraqi special forces maintained control of the provincial capital, Ramadi, after days of intense clashes with the Islamic State group left the city at risk. Sabah Nuaman, a special forces commander in Anbar, said the situation had improved early Friday after airstrikes hit key militant targets on the city's fringes. (AP Photo)

Iraq has momentum in battle with Islamic State: Central Command

The chief of Central Command public affairs said Friday that the mission to train and equip Iraqi soldiers is giving local forces the momentum they need to ultimately defeat the Islamic State, despite reports that locals are fleeing Ramadi as terrorist forces move into the city. Published April 17, 2015

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (left) briefing reporters alongside new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, said the U.S. military is focusing its assistance more heavily on protecting the strategic city of Baiji than on Ramadi, the capital of Al Anbar province. (Associated Press)

In Iraq, Pentagon focused on fight for refinery in Baiji

The U.S. military is focusing its efforts against the Islamic State in Baiji, a strategic oil-refining center north of Tikrit, to cut the terrorist group's revenue sources in Iraq, Pentagon leaders said in a briefing Thursday. Published April 16, 2015

Sailor guilty of trading classified info for cash, prostitute

A sailor pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting cash, hotel rooms and the services of a prostitute in exchange for revealing classified Navy ship schedules, marking the latest episode in a bribery scandal that broke earlier this year. Published April 15, 2015

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, gestures as he speaks about the Islamic State group, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Obama admin needs clearer strategy in Middle East, analysts say

As terrorist groups have multiplied and spread throughout Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, analysts on Wednesday stressed the need for the Obama administration to communicate a stronger strategy to Americans and allies in the region. Published April 15, 2015

Victims of the Fort Hood shooting will soon be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, with Congress pushing ahead with a policy change that would officially recognize domestic terrorism as an issue, rather than the "workplace violence" designation the Obama administration had used. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Army awards Fort Hood victims Purple Hearts

The Army presented nearly 40 awards Friday morning to survivors of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and the families of those who were killed to thank them for their sacrifices. Published April 10, 2015

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican, questions Defense Secretary Ash Carter as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 18, 2015, before the committee's hearing on President Obama's use of military force proposal against the Islamic State and the Defense Department's budget. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Defense Dept. pushes to streamline acquisition process

The Defense Department is trying to cut red tape in its acquisition process to allow America to adapt more quickly to rapidly changing threats, the same end goal as an acquisition reform proposal from Capitol Hill. Published April 9, 2015