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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 photo provided by the Sadr Media Office, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, left, greets Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim on his arrival for their meeting in Baghdad, Iraq, early Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Sadr Media Office via AP)

U.S. opens backchannel to Sadr coalition in Iraq

Washington has opened diplomatic backchannels to controversial Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political block took control of the country's parliament in dramatic fashion during the most recent round of elections. Published May 23, 2018

Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool Abdullah, an Iraqi joint command spokesman, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) ** FILE **

U.S. warplanes take out ISIS sleeper cell in Iraq

U.S. and allied warplanes destroyed an Islamic State sleeper cell near the terror group's former stronghold of Mosul Tuesday, ending with roughly 12 jihadists dead, military officials in Baghdad say. Published May 22, 2018

Israeli sorties against suspected Iranian outposts inside Syria is one key reason many analysts say the two longtime adversaries are on a collision course. (Associated Press/File)

Israel vs. Iran: Who holds the advantage in an increasingly looming war?

As two of the Middle East's military heavyweights edge closer to a shooting war, Israel boasts one of the world's most effective militaries backed by a nuclear arsenal, but Iran has 10 times the population and an increasing number of ways to strike back asymmetrically. Published May 20, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, visitors look at a scale model of a Chinese aircraft carrier during an exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army at the military museum in Beijing. China's defense budget will rise 8 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion) this year as the country is preparing to launch its second aircraft carrier, integrating stealth fighters into its air force and fielding an array of advanced missiles able to attack air and sea targets at vast distances, according to a report released Monday, March 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

First Chinese-built aircraft carrier begins sea trials

Beijing has kicked off the initial round of sea trials for its first domestically-built aircraft carrier, in yet another clear signal to Washington and its Pacific allies of China's intent to dominate the region's hotly contested sea lanes and waterways. Published May 14, 2018

In this photo released Thursday, May 10, 2018, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with the Greek Kathimerini newspaper, in Damascus, Syria. In the interview published Thursday, Assad said the current U.S. administration is inconsistent and nothing can be achieved with it in terms of ending the raging conflict in his country and that he hoped there is no direct confrontation between the U.S and Russia in Syria. (SANA via AP)

U.S.-backed troops in Syria attacked by unknown force

American-backed paramilitaries battling the Islamic State terror group in Syria came under attack by an "unknown aggressor" Friday, a day after Israeli forces launched a massive attack against pro-regime forces in the country. Published May 11, 2018

Co-Exercise Directors Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, center, commander of the 3rd U.S. Marine Expeditionary Forces, and Northern Luzon commander Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, left, unfurl a flag of the joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed "Balikatan 34-2018" during the opening ceremony Monday, May 7, 2018 at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. About 8,000 U.S. and Philippine troops are taking part in the annual exercise to enhance their interoperability in counterterrorism and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response or HADR. Contingents from Australia and Japan are also taking part in the two-week exercise. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

U.S., Philippines kick off largest military drill in the region

Over 8,000 American and Philippine troops kicked off this year's annual Balikatan military exercises, the largest bilateral military drills between the two allies, on Tuesday despite previous threats by Manila to dissolve the partnership with Washington and the Pentagon. Published May 8, 2018