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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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Supporters of Pakistani religious groups rally to condemn a New Year's Day tweet by President Trump in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday. Trump slammed Pakistan for 'lies & deceit' in a tweet that said Islamabad had played U.S. leaders for 'fools'. (Associated Press)

U.S., Pakistan trade angry charges as relations falter

U.S.-Pakistani relations entered the new year on a rocky note Tuesday as officials in Islamabad reacted angrily to the news that the Trump administration will block millions in American foreign aid to Islamabad over concerns that the South Asian nation was not doing enough to combat extremist jihadi groups based inside the country. Published January 2, 2018

U.S. troops gather into Wardak province, eastern Afghanistan, in this Dec. 25, 2013, photo. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S. forces to go on the offensive in Afghanistan, says top commander

American forces in Afghanistan will pursue a more aggressive battle plan for the 16-year conflict in the coming year, with U.S. troops more engaged in the fight against the Taliban and other extremist groups for the first time since President Obama officially ended combat operations four years ago. Published January 2, 2018

Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attends a conference at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) ** FILE **

Shia militias belong under Baghdad's full command, says top Iranian cleric

Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries who played a vital role in flushing the Islamic State from its strongholds in northern Iraq must follow the orders of Baghdad -- not Tehran -- says a top Iranian cleric, amid concerns the militias would act as Iran's proxy force in Iraq. Published December 15, 2017

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul, threatened to remove the U.S. from the Middle East peace process because of President Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Muslim leaders say U.S. lost influence with Jerusalem move

The White House pushed back Wednesday after representatives from 57 Muslim-majority nations gathered in Turkey to criticize the Trump administration's policy shift on Jerusalem and demand that the city's east be recognized as the capital of a "State of Palestine." Published December 13, 2017

Iraq's Sadr militia agrees to disband, surrender weapons to Baghdad

The paramilitary wing of influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr on Monday agreed to disband its forces and hand over its cache of weapons to the Iraqi government, making it the first Shia militia to lay down its arms in the aftermath of Islamic State's defeat in the country. Published December 11, 2017

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, listens during a joint news statement with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The two men met Monday evening to discuss developments in Syria and the Middle East, as well as bilateral relations, according to the Turkish President's office. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Pentagon skeptical of Russian withdrawal plans for Syria

There was a healthy amount of skepticism among Defense Department officials Monday over Russia's proposed plan to withdraw its forces from Syria, noting Moscow's spotty track record delivering on previous plans to scale down its military presence in the war-torn country. Published December 11, 2017

In this March 27, 2008, file photo, the Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon: Transgender people can enlist in military Jan. 1

The Defense Department has given the green light to allow transgender U.S. citizens to enlist into the armed forces, while the White House and federal courts continue to battle over the constitutionality of the Trump administration's ban on all transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military. Published December 11, 2017

Hardliners look to leverage Trump shift on Jerusalem to Iran's advantage

The anger and frustration in the Arab world, sparked by Washington's controversial policy shift on Jerusalem's status as the capital of Israel, could be a boon for Iranian-backed efforts to undermine the Jewish state and foment international support for Palestine. Published December 8, 2017