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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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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

White House, Pentagon to take regionwide approach in new Afghan war plan

The Trump administration's yet-to-be released war plan for Afghanistan will likely take a wider view of the ongoing conflict, focusing on the regional implications of any U.S. escalation in the country, Defense Secretary James Mattis told lawmakers Thursday. Published June 15, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday June 13, 2017, while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon's budget. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Mattis, Tillerson face heat over aid cuts, Russia policy

President Trump's top diplomat and Pentagon chief defended the administration's plan to cut U.S. aid programs, argued for keeping the door open to Russian cooperation and offered a sobering assessment of the Afghan War on Tuesday in a round of Capitol Hill hearings on the White House's 2018 budget proposals for the State and Defense Departments. Published June 13, 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)

Last stand for Islamic State likely to be miles away from Raqqa

For all the focus on the battle to capture Raqqa, the climactic battle against the Islamic State in Syria may be about to take place along a relatively unknown river valley miles away from the group's self-styled "caliphate" capital. Published June 12, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Trump defends decision to back Qatar isolation, as Tillerson calls for de-escalation

President Trump defended his decision to back a Saudi-led effort to isolate the small, oil-rich nation of Qatar on Friday, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a de-escalation of tensions between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, saying the ongoing diplomatic row in the region is harming American interests. Published June 9, 2017

A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran's parliament building after an assault of several attackers in Tehran on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Islamic State claims deadly attacks in Tehran, but Iran points fingers at Saudi Arabia and Trump

Brazen terrorist attacks against Iran's parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic republic's founding ayatollah escalated tensions across the Middle East on Wednesday, with Iranian officials quickly blaming rival Saudi Arabia, even though the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the strikes that left 12 dead and more than 40 wounded in Tehran. Published June 7, 2017

In this January 2017 file photo, mourners carry the coffin of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his burial at the shrine of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini just outside Tehran, Iran. State TV said Wednesday, June 7, 2017, that four "terrorists," including a suicide bomber, attacked the Khomeini shrine. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

ISIS launches first ever attacks against Iran; 12 dead and 42 wounded

A pair of coordinated Islamic State attacks Wednesday targeting the Iranian parliament and the shrine dedicated to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran ended with 12 dead and 42 wounded, the first ever terror attack by the group in the country. Published June 7, 2017

FILE - In this Sunday, April 30, 2017, file photo, provided by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), shows a fighter from the SDF carrying weapons as he looks toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. A U.S. military official says the offensive against the Islamic State group's de facto capital, Raqqa "will be long and difficult." Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says the assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces will deliver a decisive blow to the idea of IS "as a physical caliphate." The Kurdish-led force launched an offensive to capture Raqqa on Tuesday.(Syrian Democratic Forces, via AP, File)

U.S.-backed forces begin assault on ISIS capital of Raqqa

U.S.-backed forces in Syria began Tuesday the long-awaited assault on Islamic State's self-styled capital of Raqqa, a fight that could mark the beginning of the end of the terror group's so-called caliphate in the Mideast. Published June 6, 2017

Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar is the regional nerve center for the air war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. (Associated Press/File)

Pentagon continues operations at key Mideast air base despite Qatar's rift with Arab neighbors

Pentagon officials insisted Monday that the clash between Qatar and its Arab neighbors will not affect operations at Al Udeid Air Base, but the row raised the prospect that the U.S. could be forced to relocate or scale back its main regional hub for the air war against the Islamic State and the de facto Middle East operational center for U.S. Central Command. Published June 5, 2017

Pakistani Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said his country will have plenty of economic opportunity in coming years that could be at risk from violence in neighboring Afghanistan. (Associated Press/File)

Afghanistan terror threatens to nip Pakistan's budding economy; ambassador waits for Trump strategy

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Pakistan's military has swept terrorist groups from the nation's once-lawless tribal areas, but the gains could be put at risk if the security situation across the border in Afghanistan is not brought under control, Islamabad's diplomat in Washington said, stressing that his nation is waiting for the Trump administration to clarify its strategy for the Afghanistan conflict. Published June 4, 2017