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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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Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan on May 27, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Taliban launches mass assault on key Afghan army headquarters

Taliban fighters launched a surprise, complex attack Friday on a key Afghan army headquarters in the northern province of Balkh, leaving over 50 Afghan soldiers dead as fighting continues in the embattled territory. Published April 21, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks with reporters after his arrival in Tel Aviv Wednesday, April 20, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool photo via AP)

James Mattis defends use of 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday the decision to drop the "mother of all bombs" on Islamic State targets in eastern Afghanistan was a deafening signal to American enemies and allies alike that Washington will pull no punches against the international terror group. Published April 20, 2017

This Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an F-15C Eagle from the 12th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, flying next to a Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bomber, right, during a Russian exercise which brought the bomber near the west coast of Alaska. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force) ** FILE **

U.S. intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast

U.S. military officials said a pair of American fighter jets intercepted and escorted two Russian bombers away from Alaska's coastline during a high-stakes encounter in international airspace Monday. Published April 18, 2017

U.S. troops are assisting Iraqi soldiers during a brutal battle in western Mosul. Although Defense Secretary James Mattis' official agenda does not list visits to Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan, the former U.S. Central Command chief has regularly made unannounced stops to visit American and coalition forces stationed there. (Associated Press)

Mattis to meet with U.S. allies as battles against Islamic State heat up in Syria, Iraq

Defense Secretary James Mattis is en route to the Middle East and North Africa for a series of meetings with key allies during a weeklong trip that comes as an American-backed offensive against the Islamic State group in Syria heats up and Iraqi forces battling for control of the group's stronghold in Mosul have bogged down into brutal street-by-street fighting in the city's ancient district. Published April 17, 2017

This photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman said it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives. The Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Based on the acronym, it has been nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs." (Eglin Air Force Base via AP)

Trump sends message in terror fight with big bomb drop

The deployment of one of the largest non-nuclear bombs in the U.S. arsenal on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan Thursday marks a new and dramatic step for U.S. forces in the country, sending a message likely to resonate far beyond the battlefields of the 16-year war there. Published April 13, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Russia's top diplomat accuses the U.S. of carrying out an unlawful attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces as he opened a fraught meeting with Tillerson. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russian envoy delivers diatribe on U.S. action in Syria

The Russian envoy to the United Nations' Security Council delivered a scathing diatribe against recent U.S. military action in Syria, as Moscow prepares to block a council resolution condemning President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons. Published April 12, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, joined by Gen. Joseph Votel, speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Mattis said the campaign against the Islamic State group is still the main focus of the U.S. in Syria and remains on track. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Mattis: U.S. naval strike on Syrian forces not harbinger of shifting policy

The precision U.S. strike against a Syrian airbase last week was a compromise effort by President Trump's national security team to punish President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons, while making sure Washington does not get sucked deeper into the country's six-year civil war, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. Published April 11, 2017

Defense Secretary Rex W. Tillerson (left) has acknowledged that he and President Trump have different views on the nuclear accord and how the administration should use it going forward. (Associated Press/File)

Pentagon wary of quagmire in Syria after 'one-off' strike

U.S. commanders and Pentagon strategists tried Monday to shift their focus back to the fight against the Islamic State group after a White House-ordered attack against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, insisting the one-time strike to punish the use of chemical weapons by Damascus had not drawn the U.S. deeper into Syria's 6-year-old civil war. Published April 10, 2017