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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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FILE -In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 file photo released by the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to The Associated Press at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. The Syrian government on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners. (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

Moscow slams White House warning of looming Syrian chemical attack

Russian condemnation of the White House's unprecedented warning to Syria Monday night over a looming chemical attack was swift and harsh, with the Kremlin accusing the Trump administration of instigating violence against the regime in Damascus. Published June 27, 2017

In this April 26, 2017, file photo House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Congressional Republicans begin push for more defense spending

Congressional Republicans are looking to push the envelope on defense spending, even as a key conservative think tank claimed Monday that President Trump's first defense budget falls far short of the promises he made on the campaign trail in 2016. Published June 26, 2017

In this photo taken on Monday, March 27, 2017, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gestures while speaking during a news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano following their talks in Moscow, Russia. Lavrov said that no Russian servicemen were hurt in the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia accuses U.S. of avoiding airstrikes targeting Syrian al Qaeda affiliate

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Washington was implementing a "double standard" for its counterterrorism operations in Syria, allowing groups like Jabhat Fateh al-Sham -- the rebranded al Qaeda cell formerly known as Jahbat al Nusra or Nusra Front -- to run roughshod over Russian-backed Assad forces on the ground in the country. Published June 26, 2017

In this picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency on Monday, June 19, 2017, a missile is fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State group in Syria. Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force in charge of the country's missile program, said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. (IRIB News Agency, Morteza Fakhrinejad via AP)

Iranian missile barrage against ISIS misses the mark

Tehran's much-heralded ballistic missile strike against Islamic State targets in Syria came up short, with most of the Iranian missiles either missing their marks inside the terror group's haven in Deir-e-Zour, or missing Syria altogether and landing inside Iraqi territory. Published June 20, 2017

Russia angrily announced Monday that it was shutting down a hotline designed to avoid unintentional clashes between American and Russian fighters operating in the skies above Syria and would even target U.S. and allied planes if they strayed from their zone. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. tries to defuse tensions with Russia after shooting down Syrian fighter jet

Amid a sharp escalation of tensions among the various parties drawn into Syria's civil war, the Pentagon's top military officer tried to defuse a clash with Russia a day after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian fighter jet attacking coalition forces engaged in the battle to defeat the Islamic State group. Published June 19, 2017

As a brutal war ravages Raqqa, the climactic battle against the Islamic State in Syria might take place about 90 miles away in Madan, Deir el-Zour and other Islamic State redoubts in the Middle Euphrates River Valley where many group leaders have fled. (Associated Press)

U.S. warplane shoots down Syrian jet

An American fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane that attacked U.S.-backed coalition forces battling the Islamic State on Sunday. Published June 18, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 16, 2017. The meeting was focused on the Russian military's claim that it had killed the Islamic State group's leader in an airstrike in Syria. (Alexei Druzhinin/Pool Photo via AP)

Former official warns Russia concerns could 'crack' NATO

The spate of ongoing investigations into allegations of ties between Russia and the Trump White House could create enough political pressure within the international community to "crack" the NATO alliance, a former top U.S. official said Sunday. Published June 18, 2017