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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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With a Libyan flag on his automatic weapon, a soldier stands guard outside a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Libya's Transitional National Council President Mustafa Abdel-Jalil at the World Islamic Call Society Headquarters in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Libya says it will lead own fight against ISIS

The prime minister of Libya's new government says the fractured nation's own military forces will lead the campaign to defeat the Islamic State's main Libyan affiliate. Published June 3, 2016

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of an educational foundation in Istanbul, Monday, May 30, 2016. Erdogan has spoken out against birth control and family planning, saying they go against Muslim traditions. Speaking at an educational foundation in Istanbul on Monday, Erdogan declared: "I say this openly: We will increase our descendants, we will increase out population. Family planning, birth control, no Muslim family can practice such an understanding." (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

U.S.-Turkish divisions on display in offensive on Islamic State

Washington's decision to fight alongside Arab and Kurdish militias instead of Turkish forces to take out a key pocket of Islamic State fighters in northern Syria is the latest sign of growing divisions between the NATO allies in the fight against the terror group. Published June 2, 2016

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U.S. officials skeptical for peace with Taliban's new leader

The Taliban's selection of little-known cleric Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as its new leader has essentially ended any hopes of peace talks with the Afghan militant group for the foreseeable future, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Published June 1, 2016

In this Sunday, May 29, 2016 photo, Iraqi security forces and allied Popular Mobilization forces fire artillery during fight against Islamic State militants in Fallujah, Iraq. Iraqi forces this week pushed into the city's southern sections after securing surrounding towns and villages more than 50,000 people are believed to be trapped inside the Sunni majority city, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Iraq halts Fallujah assault over civilian casualty concerns

The Iraqi assault to retake the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah stalled Wednesday after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi halted operations over concerns the city's 50,000 inhabitants would be caught in the crossfire. Published June 1, 2016

Iraqi forces repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in Fallujah on Tuesday, a day after moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. This image was posted on a photo sharing website by an Islamic State militant media arm. (Associated Press)

Political pressures facing Iraqi prime minister driving Fallujah campaign as much as strategy

The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah from Islamic State fighters will be grueling and violent, according to American and Iraqi commanders, who say the campaign to recapture the city has been driven as much by political pressures facing Iraqi Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi as by strategic imperatives to eventually take the bigger prize of Mosul from the terrorist group's control. Published May 31, 2016

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Shima, Japan, Thursday, May 26, 2016, after completion the third working session of the G-7 Summit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: Taliban violence will continue under new leader

The new Taliban regime will not result in any change to the militant group's violent efforts to undermine any peaceful resolution to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama said Thursday. Published May 26, 2016

People stand near a coffin carrying a body one of the victims of a U.S. drone strike on May 22 in Quetta, Pakistan. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, was killed in the  strike. (Associated Press)

U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban leader creates opening for Haqqani network

The U.S. drone strike that killed a top Taliban leader this week may be providing an opening for the Haqqani network, the al Qaeda-affiliated Pakistani terrorist group known for its highly coordinated and vicious attacks inside Afghanistan, to remold the Afghan insurgency in its own more violent and hard-line image. Published May 24, 2016

Smoke rises from Islamic State group positions after an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition warplanes in Fallujah, as Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces and Sunni tribal fighters, take combat positions outside Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 23, 2016. Iraqi government forces on Monday pushed Islamic State militants out of some agricultural areas outside Fallujah as they launched a military offensive to recapture the city from the extremists, officials said. (AP Photo/Rwa Faisal)

Iraqi forces in place for final assault on Fallujah

A combined force of Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militiamen, backed by U.S. air power, have begun clearing the towns and villages in and around Fallujah in preparation for the final assault on the city. Published May 23, 2016

A civilian fighter roams an area of damaged buildings in Benghazi, Libya. The U.S. hopes its mission will bring unity to a fractured nation. (Associated Press)

Libya wary of Pentagon's latest effort to train, arm militias to fight Islamic State

Libyan diplomats are urging caution over an evolving U.S. plan to arm and train the country's militias again to battle the growing Islamic State threat, fearing a repeat of the abysmal Pentagon-led program that ended with only a few hundred trained fighters and U.S. weapons in the hands of Islamist militias in Libya. Published May 22, 2016

Shiite Houthi tribesmen hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, May 19, 2016. On Tuesday the Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi announced the suspension of peace talks held in Kuwait with Shiite rebels after weeks of no progress, saying the rebels refuse to accept the legitimacy of the country's internationally-recognized president. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

U.S. forces remain in Yemen amid uptick in violence

An American military intelligence team remains on the ground in Yemen, supporting the Arab coalition battling al Qaeda's main faction in the country, amid an upswing in violence against the coalition and the country's armed forces. Published May 20, 2016

In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 photo, a Russian vehicle is seen on a road as smoke rises from a controlled land mine detonation by Russian experts in the ancient town of Palmyra in the central Homs province, Syria. An American heritage organization says the Russian military is constructing a new army base in the central Syrian town of Palmyra, within the protected zone that holds the archaeological site listed by UNESCO as world heritage. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

U.S. weighs joint airstrikes with Russia in Syria

Russia is proposing a battle plan for Syria which includes joint air operations with U.S. forces to target Islamic extremist groups in the country, a significant step which could change the tenor of the ongoing war there. Published May 20, 2016

In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria. The F-22s, making their combat debut, were part of a strike package that was engaging Islamic State group targets in Syria. Washington and its Arab allies opened the air assault against the extremist group on Sept. 23, striking military facilities, training camps, heavy weapons and oil installations. The campaign expands upon the airstrikes the United States has been conducting against the militants in Iraq since early August. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Russ Scalf )

Baghdad attacks signal shift in tactics by ISIS, U.S. military says

The glut of suicide attacks by the Islamic State in Baghdad, leaving over 130 dead and scores wounded over the last several days, was a distinct shift in tactics to further destabilize Iraq's fractious government, U.S. military officials say. Published May 18, 2016