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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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Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighters secure an area where Turkish army's Operation Olive Branch continue in Azaz, Syria on Wednesday.  Turkish officials have talked about expanding the Syrian incursion to target Manbiji, held by U.S.-allied Kurds. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Trump, Erdogan struggle to head off clash over Syrian Kurds

President Trump personally pressed Turkey to rein in its bloody offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, with the White House warning Ankara that continued action against U.S.-backed paramilitaries in the country raised the risk of a direct conflict with U.S. forces. Published January 24, 2018

The Defense Department's support strategy was on prominent display in the fight against Islamic State, with Iraqi forces and Syrian Kurdish fighters taking the lead on the ground in ousting the terrorist group from its strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa. (Associated Press/File)

Pentagon strategy calls for proxies to fight war on terror

Taking a page from its adversaries' playbook, the U.S. military is looking to outsource more of the fighting in the global war on terror to allied proxy forces and potentially private military contractors. Published January 23, 2018

United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley listens during a U.N. Security Council meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Envoy: Pakistan won't be 'scapegoat' for Afghan woes

Pakistan's top diplomat lashed out at the Trump administration's decision to withhold millions in foreign aid and military assistance to Islamabad over its suspected support for extremist militants in the region, saying Pakistan refuses to be the White House's "scapegoat" for its failing Afghan war policy. Published January 22, 2018

Turkish artillery hammers Kurdish-held territory in Syria

Turkish forces hammered the Kurdish-controlled district of Afrin, in northern Syria's Aleppo governorate, with mortars and heavy artillery on Friday, in what could be the opening salvos of a large-scale offensive by Ankara on the district. Published January 19, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017 file photo, thousands attend the state funeral of Mohsen Hojaji, a young Revolutionary Guard soldier beheaded in Syria by the Islamic State group, in Tehran, Iran. The protests that broke out in late Dec. 2017 across Iran predominantly involve economic issues, but demonstrators also say the government is sending its young men to fight and die in Syria and spending billions of dollars on the military when it should be focused on providing jobs in Iran and controlling the rising cost of living. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Full-fledged ISIS insurgency still in doubt, says top U.S. commander

Iraqi counterterrorism officials and their American counterparts are still evaluating the threat posed by the remnants of Islamic State in Iraq, refusing to characterize the jihadi group's various cells scattered across the country as a full-fledged insurgency. Published January 16, 2018

Baghdad municipality workers clean the scene of a double suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Interior Ministry spokesman said a double suicide bombing in central Baghdad has killed and wounded civilians. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

U.S., Iraqi forces bracing for possible violence, ahead of key elections

American military advisers in Iraq are working closely with national counterterrorism and local police forces to prevent the Islamic State terror group or other extremist entities from disrupting key parliamentary elections, scheduled for later this year. Published January 16, 2018

U.S. Marines and an Afghan soldier hold flags during a change of command ceremony at Task Force Southwest atn Shorab military camp of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Marine Corps task force wraps up mission in Afghanistan

The first Marine Corps task force to deploy to southern Afghanistan's violent Helmand province since the Corps pulled out of the region in 2014, officially ended their nearly yearlong mission on Monday. Published January 15, 2018

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a rally in Yozgat, eastern Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Erdogan said Sunday the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days," and urged the U.S. to support its efforts. (Pool Photo via AP)

Turkey's Erdogan vows to destroy U.S.-backed 'terror army' in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to destroy a 30,000-man border security force in Syria, trained and equipped by Washington, characterizing it as a "terror army" designed to infringe on the country's sovereignty in the region. Published January 15, 2018

Trump looks to slash government red tape on overseas sale of U.S. made weapons

The Trump administration is taking aim at another U.S. industry it says it being held back by overregulation and government red tape, moving to reduce federal rules and restrictions governing overseas sales of weapons and armament, in a bid to accelerate American arms deals to a growing international clientele eager to field the latest generation of U.S.-made weaponry. Published January 11, 2018

Chief North Korean delegate Ri Son Gwon (right), shaking hands with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on Tuesday, noted that his country's nuclear weapons are aimed at the United States, not South Korea. (Associated Press)

Wary Pentagon watches talks between Koreas

The Pentagon is taking a backseat in order to give space to sensitive new military talks between ally South Korea and a North Korean regime that has threatened the U.S. with nuclear devastation. Published January 9, 2018

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the President Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Pentagon task force on Afghan reconstruction wasted millions, says government watchdog

The Pentagon task force overseeing millions in U.S.-funded reconstruction dollars for Afghanistan was plagued by organizational shortfalls, inadequate or non-existent records of ongoing projects and an overall lack of strategy that led to the waste of millions in American taxpayer funds on failed projects, a key government watchdog group claims. Published January 9, 2018