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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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A U.N. aid convoy was stopped in its tracks Monday by bombardment from the air, but U.S. and Russian diplomats insisted that their cease-fire pact was still in place. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, however, said there is not much more Washington, Moscow or the international community can do to preserve the deal. (Associated Press)

U.S., Russia try to save cease-fire in Syria

U.S. diplomats were scrambling Tuesday to try to salvage a tenuous cease-fire deal in Syria after an accord with Russia collapsed in the face of mutual recriminations and renewed violence. Published September 21, 2016

The flow of battle-hardened jihadis fleeing the black banners of the Islamic State in the face of the coalition onslaught in Syria and Iraq, seeking to rejoin their brothers in arms in al Qaeda, is already underway, a top national security analyst said. (Associated Press/File)

Top ISIS propagandist killed in airstrike in Syria

A top propagandist for the Islamic State, responsible for crafting the terror group's ultra-violent jihadi narrative online, was killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria. Published September 16, 2016

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2016 file photo, Japan's new Defense Minister Tomomi Inada inspects a honor guard on her first day at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Inada, who holds her first meeting with U.S. counterpart Ash Carter on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Washington, D.C., leapfrogged over more senior lawmakers to the defense post in a Cabinet reshuffle on Aug. 3. The 57-year-old lawyer has attracted attention for questioning mainstream accounts of Japanese atrocities during World War II and the fairness of the postwar Tokyo war crimes trials. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File) **FILE**

New defense minister: Japan to join U.S. in South China Sea patrols

Japan will increase its military presence in the South China Sea through a series of "training" patrols in support of the U.S. and its allies through the hotly-contested waterways, new Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told a Washington audience Thursday. Published September 15, 2016

U.S.-China divide undercuts response to nuke tests

China and the United States are playing the blame game over North Korea's most recent nuclear test, with Washington and Beijing trading accusations on whether each country is doing enough to curb Pyongyang's saber-rattling in the region. The ensuing diplomatic row resulting from the back and forth between the two global powers has only exacerbated the destabilizing effect last week's test has had in the Asia-Pacific. Published September 12, 2016

Confusion remains amid sectarian, ethnic and religious rivalries as to who will take control of Mosul after Iraqi and American forces liberate the city from Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Crucial Mosul campaign looms with Obama set to leave behind unfinished war on terror

The imminent Mosul campaign also looms as a key battle in a global war on terror that will almost certainly be left unfinished when President Obama leaves office in just over four months -- a security, intelligence, diplomatic and political challenge that will instantly dominate the agenda of whoever wins in November. Published September 11, 2016

Fighters loyal to the government gather at the site of a suicide car bombing in Yemens southern city of Aden, Yemen, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. The bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Aden has killed over 50 pro-government troops who had been preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to fight Houthi rebels in Yemens north. Yemen is embroiled in a civil war pitting the internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with army units loyal to a former president. The fighting has allowed al Qaeda and an IS affiliate to expand their reach, particularly in the south. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

U.S. struggling to contain al Qaeda in Yemen

The United States is struggling to contain al Qaeda's formidable terror cell in Yemen, despite a devastating aerial campaign coupled with an extended American military presence on the ground, according to the White House's top counterterrorism official. Published September 7, 2016

Russian warplanes took off Tuesday from Iran to target Islamic State fighters and other militants in Syria, widening Moscow's bombing campaign against the terrorist army's home base and coordinating with U.S. efforts. (WarfareWW photo via Associated Press)

Moscow is using Iranian bases against Islamic State

U.S. military commanders said Tuesday they were given advance warning on Russia's decision for the first time to use Iranian bases as a staging ground for airstrikes into Syria, citing the heads-up as the latest sign of coordination between Moscow and Washington over conflicts in Syria and elsewhere in the region. Published August 16, 2016

FILE - This undated file image posted on an extremist website on Jan. 14, 2014, shows fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria. The group champions a hyper-religious lifestyle grounded in its self-proclaimed caliphate, but most recruits have a superficial understanding of religion and are largely ignorant in the laws of Islam, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (Militant photo via AP, file)

Coalition troops forced to allow ISIS fighters to flee Syrian battlefield

U.S. and coalition troops were forced to allow hundreds of Islamic State commanders, fighters and their families to flee the embattled northern Syrian town of Manbij, fearing any attempt to attack the escaping forces would end in massive civilian casualties. Published August 16, 2016

Chinese People's Liberation Army delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People before a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 13. (Associated Press)

Furious China sees U.S. missile defense plan for South Korea as direct threat

U.S. military officials are trying to pacify a furious China in the wake of Washington's plan to deploy a battery of advanced missile defense systems in South Korea, insisting to angry military leaders in Beijing that the weapons would be solely targeting ballistic missile threats from North Korea and not undercut China's own military deterrent. Published August 11, 2016

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said "questions [about Islamic State strategy] have been answered, not by words, but by deeds  and our approach is paying off."

Departing U.S. commander sees turning point in Islamic State fight

The American-led war against the Islamic State has turned a corner over the last year, from a stalemated conflict to one where local and coalition forces in both Syria and Iraq are on the cusp of driving the insurgents from their Middle East strongholds, the departing U.S. commander leading the fight said Wednesday. Published August 10, 2016