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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 [email protected]

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In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, an F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, as the U.S. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, launched its first airstrikes by Turkey-based F-16 fighter jets against Islamic State targets in Syria, marking a limited escalation of a yearlong air campaign that critics have called excessively cautious. (Krystal Ardrey/U.S. Air Force via AP) **FILE**

Single U.S. airstrike wipes out 100 terrorists in Somalia

A single American military airstrike killed an estimated 100 or more fighters allied with the Somali-based terror group al-Shabab, the Pentagon revealed Tuesday, adding to an an escalating body count as the Trump administration ramps up the counterterrorism campaign in the East African nation. Published November 21, 2017

The combat situation in Afghanistan remains a stalemate, with the central government in Kabul not ceding any territory to the Taliban while not making any significant gains against the terrorist group over the past year. (Associated Press)

Commander aims to drive Taliban from 80 percent of Afghanistan in two years

Afghan and coalition forces will be able to drive the Taliban from 80 percent of the country within the next two years, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Monday, setting an ambitious strategic goal after President Trump announced his own war plan that shunned such timelines for the 16-year-old war. Published November 20, 2017

On Thursday, Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim al-Jubouri said that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, directly beneath flag, must disband the majority of the Iran-linked Shia paramilitary groups that fought alongside the army against the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament warns of dangers of Iran-backed Shia militias

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi must disband the majority of the Iran-linked Shia paramilitary groups that fought alongside the army against the Islamic State or risk sparking an outbreak of sectarian violence following the terror group's looming defeat, one of Iraq's leading Sunni politicians warned Thursday. Published November 16, 2017

Kurdish leaders remain committed to a political settlement but say their famed peshmerga militia forces are ready to take up arms to defend their homeland. (Associated Press/File)

Kurds seek more help from Trump administration to keep peace with Iraq

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Trump administration must do more to push a negotiated settlement between the Iraqi government and the country's Kurdish minority over a blocked Kurdish push for independence, the Iraqi Kurds' top representative in Washington said in an interview, warning that the current truce may not hold and the Kurds will fight back if pushed too far. Published November 15, 2017

"Is it not better to have these [political] debates with these groups than to have those groups planning attacks?" asks Abdullah Abdullah, a top Afghan leader.
Afghanistan's Chief of Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, talks during a press conference after he escaped from three suicide attacks during a funeral ceremony, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jun 3, 2017. Explosions in Kabul on Saturday killed at least six people attending a funeral attended by government officials, including members of parliament, a day after hundreds of demonstrators turned out to demand more security in the capital. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini) (Associated Press)

Top Afghan leader: Taliban should have role in peace talks

The Taliban, the terror group who have been battling the U.S. and NATO coalition in the country for the last 16 years, should have a seat at the table in peace talks geared toward ending the longest armed conflict in U.S. history, a top Afghan leader said Tuesday. Published November 14, 2017

In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 frame grab from video, Iraqi security forces speak to shepherd Khalaf Luhaibi next to bones on the ground, in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group, at an abandoned base near the northern town of Hawija, Iraq. Kirkuk governor Rakan Saed said Sunday that the bodies of civilians and security forces have been found at the mass grave that could contain up to 400 bodies. (Kirkuk Governor's Office via AP)

Coalition confident Baghdad can control Iranian-backed militias

U.S. and coalition commanders remain adamant Iraq's government and military leaders can keep the Iranian-backed Shia militias under control, as the war against Islamic State comes to a close and regional powers look to take advantage of the ensuing chaos in the country. Published November 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia has been cultivating substantial military assets for decades, and its arsenal outnumbers Iran's both in quantity and quality. (Associated Press/File)

Iran vs. Saudi Arabia: Dangerous war looms between Middle East powerhouses

Should escalating tensions between bitter regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia break out into open conflict, Riyadh's formidable military arsenal would quickly overwhelm Iranian forces in a conventional war, while Tehran would hold the advantage against any Saudi forces in a proxy guerrilla war, analysts say. Published November 12, 2017

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, speaks via a video link, during a rally marking Hezbollah Martyr's Day, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Nasrallah said that the country's prime minister is currently detained in Saudi Arabia and that his "forced" resignation is unconstitutional because it was done "under duress." He also said that war with Israel is unlikely. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Saudi Arabia 'has declared war' on Lebanon, says Hezbollah leader

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah raised the stakes in the growing war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying Riyadh efforts to upend the balance of power in Lebanon was effectively a declaration of war against the terror group and its Iranian backers. Published November 10, 2017

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi denied claims he was lobbying the U.S. for military support for Iraq's Sunnis. (Associated Press)

Iraqi vice president warns of growing power of Iran-backed militias

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi, the top government official representing the country's Sunni minority, on Tuesday denied claims that Baghdad is pressing the Trump administration to directly arm and train the country's Sunni militias to counter the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries. Published November 7, 2017

In this Sunday, March 7, 2010, file photo, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud attends the speech of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, at the Saudi Shura "consultative" council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A high-level employee at Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company told The Associated Press that the royal was among those detained overnight Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Top Saudi officials ousted after corruption crackdown

An unprecedented Saudi crackdown on corruption has purged several top economic and national security figures from Riyadh's ruling class, a move widely seen as an effort by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to consolidate his power in the kingdom. Published November 5, 2017

Violence has broken out in the border areas between Iraqi and Kurdish forces, with tensions high after the Kurds' failed attempt to form their own country. U.S. officials say Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been working to defuse the situation. (Associated press)

U.S. frets as Iraqi-Kurd feud escalates

The Trump administration is struggling to prevent a new powder keg from exploding in Iraq, where violence between the central government in Baghdad and the nation's Kurds in the north has displaced more than 180,000 people since the failed Kurdish independence push in September. Published November 2, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, shown here on state television, is not fully aware of the U.S. military might, a high-level defector says. (Associated Press/File)

North Korean defector says Trump must convince Kim personally about consequences of war

Offering a rare insider's account of life in the world's most isolated and repressive nation, a top North Korean diplomat turned defector told a Capitol Hill hearing that President Trump should consider the unthinkable -- direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un -- as the best way to avoid all-out war on the Korean Peninsula. Published November 1, 2017