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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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 President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) ** FILE **

Turks see Syria hopeful opening in Trump's outreach to Moscow

President-elect Donald Trump's expressed willingness to work directly with Russia could pave the way for direct talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in the fight against Islamic State, the former head of the Turkish military said Wednesday. Published November 16, 2016

FILE- This Jan. 12, 2016, file photo shows the exterior view of the headquarters of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. U.S. armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said in a report Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, raising the possibility that American citizens could be indicted even though Washington has not joined the global court. (AP Photo/Mike Corder, File)

Dismissing ICC, U.S. says it can handle charges of torture by soldiers

Officials from the Pentagon and the State Department on Monday dismissed accusations by the International Criminal Court of possible torture and abuse by U.S. forces and the CIA during the 14-year war in Afghanistan, insisting that the current military code of justice and standing rules of engagement for American troops exceed any standard The Hague-based court could set for conduct in a war zone. Published November 15, 2016

In this image taken from video provided by the activist-run Thiqa News Agency, consistent with independent AP reporting, a plume of smoke rises after a missile falls on the town of Darat Izza, Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Syrian activists are reporting Russian and government airstrikes have kept up on western rural Aleppo province against rebel positions despite a halt to airstrikes in the besieged eastern part of Aleppo city. (Thiqa News Agency, via AP)

Pentagon reviewing renewed air assault on Aleppo

The Pentagon is evaluating Russia's involvement in the renewed aerial campaign against anti-government forces in the Syrian city of Aleppo, dismissing Moscow's naval buildup in the Mediterranean Sea as nothing more than a show of force to the U.S. and international community. Published November 15, 2016

In the latest move in an extraordinary battle at the Pentagon, the defense filed an appeal saying the Navy's two highest-ranking lawyers committed unlawful command influence. (Associated Press/File)

Pentagon left in the dark by Trump transition team

The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump has not had any contact with Pentagon officials responsible for shepherding the department into the new administration, a week after the New York billionaire won the White House. Published November 15, 2016

An Iraqi soldier fires a mortar against the Islamic State militants east of Mosul on Monday. A suicide bombing in Iraq targeted the Shiite sacred city of Karbala on Monday, killing at least six civilians. In Fallujah, two Iraqi police officers were killed in another bombing. Iran appears to be claiming a greater role in the battle to oust the Islamic State terrorists. (Associated Press)

Iran-backed Shiites join Iraqis in Mosul fight, put U.S. commanders in bind

U.S.-backed Iraqi troops are fighting side by side with Shiite paramilitary forces backed by Iran for the first time in the campaign to take back Mosul, deepening U.S. fears that Tehran is claiming a greater role in the critical battle to oust Islamic State militants from Iraq's second-largest city. Published November 14, 2016

Taliban leaders on Wednesday issued a statement calling for President-elect Donald Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Jihadi terrorist groups see opportunity with Trump election

Jihadi terrorist groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia are looking to leverage the election win of Donald Trump as president of the United States as a call to arms on social media, while others are reaching out to the next administration in an attempt to end U.S. involvement in their countries. Published November 9, 2016

ARMY and MARINES - M1 Abrams is an American third-generation main battle tank produced by the United States. It is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army chief of staff and commander of U.S. military forces in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972. Highly mobile, designed for modern armored ground warfare,the M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful multifuel turbine engine, the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons (almost 62 metric tons), it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service. The M1 Abrams entered U.S. service in 1980, replacing the M60 tank. It served for over a decade alongside the improved M60A3, which had entered service in 1978. The M1 remains the principal main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps, and the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Iraq. Three main versions of the M1 Abrams have been deployed, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, incorporating improved armament, protection and electronics. These improvements and other upgrades to in-service tanks have allowed this long-serving vehicle to remain in front-line service. In addition, development for the improved M1A3 version has been known since 2009

U.S. military sales drop sharply in latest fiscal year

The Pentagon sold over $33 billion in military-grade weapons, materiel and equipment to countries across the globe in the latest fiscal year, a $13 billion drop — nearly 30 percent — from previous years. Published November 8, 2016

"Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame," Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told fighters in an audio recording, according to Agence France-Presse. (Associated Press)

Islamic State leader's message a sign of trouble for terrorists, Pentagon says

An audio recording purportedly circulated this week by reclusive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be proof that communications have broken down between the terrorist group's top leaders in Syria and its rank-and-file fighters in the besieged city of Mosul, the Pentagon said Thursday, as coalition forces continued their advance on Iraq's second-largest city. Published November 3, 2016

Children play next to a burning oil field in Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. A senior military commander says more than 5,000 civilians have been evacuated from newly-retaken eastern parts of the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul and taken to camps.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Tensions rise as Shia militias enter the fray in fight for Mosul

As Iraqi and Kurdish forces tighten the noose around the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, American and coalition commanders are keeping a wary eye on the city's western flanks, where thousands of Shia majority paramilitary fighters have launched an offensive toward the city. Published November 3, 2016

DISPLACED: Refugees from the Islamic State campaign to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria are leaving the area as the Iraqi army continues its offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, back from the terror army. A U.S. commander said the campaign for the city will be an "engineering war." (Associated Press Photographs)

Islamic State employs IEDs in bid to thwart Mosul operation

The brutally simple weapon that for years caused problems for U.S. troops occupying Iraq and Afghanistan is now increasingly shaping the ongoing push by Iraq's military and other allied ground forces to retake Mosul from the Islamic State. Published November 1, 2016

Russia has deployed fighter jets to Syria as part of its coordinated operations with troops loyal the regime of President Bashar Assad and Iranian-backed ground forces. (Associated Press)

U.S. and Russian aircraft came close to crash over Syria

A near miss between U.S. and Russian aircraft over Syria this month was the closest call between American pilots and their Russian counterparts since the Syrian air war began, the Pentagon acknowledged Monday. Published October 31, 2016

The Pentagon says it will suspend attempts to recoup bonuses that were improperly paid to U.S. servicemen ten years ago. (Facebook, California Army National Guard)

Pentagon suspends Guard bonus 'clawbacks,' promises to reform pay system

The Pentagon has suspended "clawbacks," or forced repayments of re-enlistment bonuses handed out to California National Guard units, vowing to revamp the broken military pay system that forced thousands of U.S. service members to fork over money granted a decade ago. Published October 26, 2016