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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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White House opens door to peace talks with the Taliban

The Trump White House is entertaining the possibility of officially backing Afghan-led peace talks with the Taliban, as a way to bring the longest war in American history to a close. Published August 22, 2017

Trump to send 4,000 more U.S. forces to Afghanistan

President Trump asked the American people Monday to trust him in sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying that his gut told him to pull out but that careful examination of military options convinced him decisive victory over Islamist militants was the only option. Published August 21, 2017

President Donald Trump is due to unveil his plans for the U.S. armed involvement in Afghanistan, a campaign now in its 16th year, in a prime-time address Monday. Some inside the administration are pushing for a troop surge in the country. (Associated Press)

Trump to unveil 'update on the path forward' for Afghanistan

President Trump will unveil his highly anticipated strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia during a prime-time address Monday night, an address that will cap months of intense debate between the president's inner circle and the country's top national security leaders on the way forward in the war-torn region. Published August 20, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump raises U.S. Cyber Command to full combatant status

President Trump said Friday he is elevating the U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command, and will likely split off cyber operations from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency. Published August 18, 2017

talks for now: Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in South Korea as part of a diplomatic visit to the peninsula and China in an attempt to ease tensions with North Korea. (Associated Press)

National security chiefs tamp down 'fire and fury' rhetoric

Senior national security leaders in the Trump administration are systematically walking back the president's hard-line rhetoric toward provocations by North Korea, advocating over the past several days an approach that is less fire and fury and more of a pragmatic approach to Pyongyang's saber-rattling. Published August 15, 2017

North Korea rhetoric remains sharp but shows signs of cooling

The White House significantly scaled back its rhetoric against North Korea on Sunday, with both the national security adviser and the nation's top spy saying the U.S. is no closer to war with the communist nation, despite the president's vow to unleash "fire and fury" against the North should it lash out militarily against America and its Pacific allies. Published August 13, 2017

Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is in the crosshairs of a threat to by North Korea. President Trump on Thursday warned Kim Jong-un's government to "get their act together." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump escalates North Korea war of words

President Trump ratcheted up his harsh rhetoric against North Korea on Thursday, escalating a war of words with Pyongyang over its nuclear missile program and refusing to rule out a pre-emptive military action against the North if it carries out a threat against U.S. forces in Guam. Published August 10, 2017

Andersen Air Force Base in Guam is in the crosshairs of a threat to by North Korea. President Trump on Thursday warned Kim Jong-un's government to "get their act together." (Associated Press)

Trump: 'Fire and fury' talk on North Korea 'wasn't tough enough'

President Trump ratcheted up his harsh rhetoric against North Korea on Thursday, escalating a war of words with Pyongyang over its nuclear missile program and refusing to rule out a pre-emptive military action against the North if it carries out a threat against U.S. forces in Guam. Published August 10, 2017

Secretary of Defense James Mattis walks into Michie Stadium to give the commencement address, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in West Point, N.Y. Nine Hundred and thirty six cadets received their diplomas, most of whom will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the army. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Mattis: Military solution in place to address North Korea threat

U.S. military strategists at the Pentagon have a military solution in place to address the growing threat emanating from North Korea, but they are holding their fire in favor of ongoing diplomatic efforts by Washington and its allies, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday. Published August 10, 2017