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Carlo Muñoz

Carlo Muñoz is the military correspondent for The Washington Times focusing on U.S. defense and national security policy, programs and operations.

He was most recently a foreign correspondent with the Stars and Stripes Mideast bureau, based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mr. Muñoz also reported on U.S. and foreign military operations in South America, Cuba and the Asia-Pacific region. His work has appeared in The Guardian, United Press International, Atlantic Media, Air Force Magazine, USNI News and elsewhere.

He can be reached at

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Children play next to a burning oil field in Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. A senior military commander says more than 5,000 civilians have been evacuated from newly-retaken eastern parts of the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul and taken to camps.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Tensions rise as Shia militias enter the fray in fight for Mosul

As Iraqi and Kurdish forces tighten the noose around the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, American and coalition commanders are keeping a wary eye on the city's western flanks, where thousands of Shia majority paramilitary fighters have launched an offensive toward the city. Published November 3, 2016

DISPLACED: Refugees from the Islamic State campaign to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria are leaving the area as the Iraqi army continues its offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, back from the terror army. A U.S. commander said the campaign for the city will be an "engineering war." (Associated Press Photographs)

Islamic State employs IEDs in bid to thwart Mosul operation

The brutally simple weapon that for years caused problems for U.S. troops occupying Iraq and Afghanistan is now increasingly shaping the ongoing push by Iraq's military and other allied ground forces to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. Published November 1, 2016

Russia has deployed fighter jets to Syria as part of its coordinated operations with troops loyal the regime of President Bashar Assad and Iranian-backed ground forces. (Associated Press)

U.S. and Russian aircraft came close to crash over Syria

A near miss between U.S. and Russian aircraft over Syria this month was the closest call between American pilots and their Russian counterparts since the Syrian air war began, the Pentagon acknowledged Monday. Published October 31, 2016

The Pentagon says it will suspend attempts to recoup bonuses that were improperly paid to U.S. servicemen ten years ago. (Facebook, California Army National Guard)

Pentagon suspends Guard bonus 'clawbacks,' promises to reform pay system

The Pentagon has suspended "clawbacks," or forced repayments of re-enlistment bonuses handed out to California National Guard units, vowing to revamp the broken military pay system that forced thousands of U.S. service members to fork over money granted a decade ago. Published October 26, 2016

Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and a former Marine captain, said the military's trying to get soldiers to pay back bonuses is "boneheaded." (Associated Press)

Pentagon weighs congressional help in soldier pay farce

Capitol Hill lawmakers from both sides of the aisle blasted the Pentagon for trying to recoup reenlistment bonus money awarded to National Guardsmen years ago, calling the military's effort "a bonehead decision" that Congress can correct. Published October 24, 2016

Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces advance toward Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul enters its second week, in the village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. A convoy of special forces advanced toward the village of Tob Zawa, Monday, encountering roadside bombs and trading heavy fire with the militants.(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Islamic State draws liberating armies away from Mosul

The Islamic State has launched a string of vicious, coordinated counterstrikes across Iraq in an attempt to splinter the focus of U.S.-backed Iraqi forces fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul. Published October 24, 2016

clouded: Islamic State fighters have ignited oil wells outside Mosul to create a smokescreen for U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces. A successful liberation of Iraq's second-largest city would bolster President Obama's legacy of leading from behind. (Associated Press)

Obama hoping for quick Mosul victory to validate Islamic State strategy, boost Clinton

With the fight for Mosul entering its second week, the Obama administration is under pressure to declare victory over the Islamic State, a win the White House says would validate the president's strategy of waging proxy wars against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria days before Americans head to the polls. Published October 23, 2016

Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on the nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multipronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city. (Associated Press)

First American killed as allies advance on Mosul

A U.S. service member in northern Iraq was killed Thursday in a roadside bomb attack outside the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, the first casualty suffered by American forces since the beginning of the Iraqi assault on the city. Published October 20, 2016

In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

U.S., Latin allies see greater Islamic State threat after Mosul

As Islamic State's territorial base shrinks in Syria and Iraq, U.S. and Latin American defense leaders half a world away are bracing for the fallout amid fears the group will return to more traditional acts of terrorism. Published October 18, 2016

Kurdish security forces take position overlooking the Islamic State-controlled villages surrounding Mosul on Monday, the beginning of what Pentagon officials say could be a drawn-out operation to liberate Iraq's second-largest city from Islamic State control. (Associated Press)

Mosul offensive 'ahead of schedule,' but fears of wider regional war mount

On Day One of the long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, U.S.-backed Kurdish and Iraqi forces advanced swiftly through Islamic State-controlled territory around Iraq's second-largest city — even as concerns mounted over the prospect of a chaotic battle that could unleash a wider sectarian and regional war. Published October 17, 2016