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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Articles by Guy Taylor

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper (Associated Press)

James Clapper, intel chief: Cyber ranks highest on worldwide threats to U.S.

President Obama's top intelligence official pointed to a range of threats facing America Thursday, from the surge by Sunni Muslim extremist groups in the Middle East, to the pursuit of nuclear weapons by Iran and North Korea, to the push by Russian and Chinese operatives to penetrate Washington's clandestine national security community. Published February 26, 2015

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS, retired Gen. John R. Allen prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to examine the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

General overseeing fight says Iraqis, Kurds defeating Islamic State

President Obama's top adviser overseeing the coalition fighting the Islamic State said Wednesday that "significant gains" have been made against the Islamist group, and claimed that Kurdish Peshmerga as well as Iraqi military forces will be able to defeat the group on the ground despite skepticism in Washington about their readiness. Published February 25, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Kerry has implored skeptical senators not to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran before a deal can be crafted, but he's certain to get another round of questions about the sensitive talks from members of the House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

John Kerry's shock claim: Cold War was simple compared with Islamic State fight

Secretary of State John F. Kerry drew heat from from one Republican lawmaker Wednesday when he said the task of providing American leadership in the world is far more complicated today than it was during the Cold War era — particularly in the face of religious extremism emerging in the post-Arab Spring Middle East. Published February 25, 2015

Saying "Iran will not get a nuclear weapon," Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran. He testified that U.S. policy is to prevent such a scenario. (Associated Press)

John Kerry defends Iran nuclear talks as dissidents claim proof of Tehran deception

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran in the face of mounting bipartisan scrutiny from lawmakers Tuesday — even as an Iranian dissident group claimed to have fresh proof that Tehran has lied to world powers about its drive to obtain a nuclear weapon. Published February 24, 2015

In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a debate on a vote of confidence for his choice for the new minister of Science, Research and Technology, Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, in an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran blockbuster: Group claims proof of secret nuclear facility

Claiming that Iran's government has been lying for years to U.N. nuclear inspectors, a prominent Iranian dissident group on Tuesday asserted that scientists in the Islamic Republic have actually been running a secret uranium enrichment operation at a facility buried deep beneath the ground in the northeast suburbs of Tehran since 2008. Published February 24, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. Is the United States heading for a good or bad nuclear deal with Iran? Good, says Washington. Bad, says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His planned March 3 speech to U.S. Congress just a few weeks before the target date for a preliminary agreement gives him a high-profile soapbox for that argument. Israel says any pact that stops short of totally dismembering Iranian programs with weapons-making potential is deeply flawed.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israeli spy agency broke with Netanyahu on Iran threat — report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 warning world that Iran was about a year away from having a nuclear bomb was contradicted just weeks later by a top secret assessment from Israel's own Mossad intelligence agency — which concluded that Tehran was "not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons." Published February 23, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, as he answered questions about IS. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House: Odds still iffy for nuclear deal with Iran

The Obama administration said Monday that the prospects for a successful nuclear deal with Iran are "fifty-fifty at best," despite reports that U.S. and Iranian negotiators moved closer over the weekend to a two-phase agreement that would allow Tehran to ramp up its nuclear activities over time after an initial clamp-down. Published February 23, 2015

Secretary John Kerry meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The White House is conveying a three-day summit to bring together local, federal, and international leaders to discuss steps the US and its partners can take to develop community-oriented approaches to counter extremist ideologies that radicalize, recruit and incite to violence. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Egypt's fight against Islamic State puts U.S. in 'tricky' situation over human rights

With Islamic State violence spreading rapidly into Libya, the Obama administration finds itself under increasing pressure to downplay human rights abuses carried out by the Egyptian government in favor of trumpeting Cairo as the next major Sunni Muslim Arab partner willing to take a military stand against the extremists. Published February 22, 2015

An Iranian man holds a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally commemorating the 36th anniversary of Islamic Revolution under Azadi Tower, Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Iran marked the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday with massive rallies, with many chanting against the U.S. and Israel as the country tries to reach a permanent deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran still evasive on explosive tests

In a new assessment that may complicate the ongoing Iran nuclear talks, the United Nation's atomic watchdog agency said Thursday that Iranian authorities still haven't addressed allegations that they carried out explosives tests and other activities that could have been aimed at developing a nuclear bomb. Published February 19, 2015

Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari from the All Progressives Congress party waves to his supporters in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Two of Nigeria's top diplomats vowed that their nation's postponed elections will occur March 28. (Associated Press)

Nigerian minister rejects U.S. criticism, vows to hold election

Two of Nigeria's top diplomats vowed Wednesday that their nation's postponed elections will occur March 28, and accused the Obama administration of promoting a false narrative that President Goodluck Jonathan is bent on using the security crisis around the terrorist group Boko Haram as a ruse to stay in power. Published February 18, 2015

Ukrainian government soldiers sat on their armored vehicle driving on a road away from the town of Artemivsk as separatists pushed deeper into Debaltseve.

Pro-Russia separatists ignore Ukraine cease-fire deadline, push deeper into Debaltseve

Russian-backed separatists kept up a barrage of shelling and made strategic territorial gains in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as a key cease-fire deadline came and went, triggering fresh speculation that Moscow hopes to carve out a land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula before Western powers take a military stand in the nation. Published February 17, 2015

Ukrainian government soldiers sit on top of their armored vehicle driving on a road stretching away from the town of Artemivsk, Ukraine, towards Debaltseve, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels failed Tuesday to start pulling back heavy weaponry from the front line in eastern Ukraine as a deadline passed to do so. Under a cease-fire agreement negotiated by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France last week, the warring sides were to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Top GOP senators blast Obama admin's waffling on arming Ukraine military

Two influential Republican national security hawks in the Senate hammered the Obama administration's failure to take a more aggressive posture toward the war in eastern Ukraine Tuesday, asserting that the White House should "immediately" authorize the shipment of U.S. weapons to the Ukrainian military. Published February 17, 2015

Egypt's government said its fighter jets pounded Islamic State camps and arms depots across the border in Libya, in the morning and in the afternoon, in response to a horrific video the terrorist group posted showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. (Associated Press)

Islamic State announces expansion into Libya with Egyptian Christians beheading video

As President Obama tries to contain the chaos in the Middle East, the Islamic State group is increasingly bent on expanding the battlefield into North Africa, where the extremist group's grisly beheadings of Egyptian Christians in Libya prompted a double wave of retaliatory airstrikes from Cairo on Monday. Published February 16, 2015