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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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"The debate on science and the debate on politics as far as climate change is concerned is over," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. "Still, the Republican Party, they are not convinced." (Associated Press)

Ban Ki-moon declares climate change debate 'over,' calls Paris deal his greatest achievement

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that his greatest achievement at the helm of the world's biggest international organization was last year's climate change accord in Paris, and he expressed open frustration that Republicans in the U.S. continue to obstruct President Obama and to politicize the subject. Published September 15, 2016

"It is essential to cut the financial links between ISIS leadership and operations in the so-called 'caliphate,'" said Juan Zarate, who was a national security adviser for President George W. Bush. (Associated Press)

U.S. expert sees gaps in halting terror financing, advises a crackdown

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration has dented the Islamic State's money-making operations with airstrikes against the terror group's oil-smuggling empire and blacklisting its known financial facilitators from the international banking system. Published September 14, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wears a pilot's jacket which was presented to him during his "Talk with the Airmen" on the anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. On Monday, President Duterte, in his first public statement opposing the presence of American troops, said he wants U.S. forces out of his country's south and blamed America for inflaming Muslim insurgencies in the region.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Duterte's moves, comments on Obama raise fears for U.S. ties

A day after calling for the withdrawal of American troops from his nation, firebrand Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he does not want the Philippine Navy to engage in joint patrols of disputed waters in the South China Sea with the U.S. — despite an agreement struck by his predecessor just months ago. Published September 13, 2016

Rep. Michael T. McCaul of the House Committee on Homeland Security said President Obama's policies have failed to dent the Islamic State. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Michael McCaul blasts 'willfully blind' Obama for enabling Islamic State 'terror surge'

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration oversaw the 2011 takedown of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden but has since failed to confront honestly the more dangerous rise of the Islamic State, according to the Republican head of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who worries that the president's "tone-deaf" posture toward Islamist terrorism has damaged the intelligence community's own assessment of the new group. Published September 11, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting with governors in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, Turkey's education ministry says 11,285 of its personnel have been suspended amid suspicions they may be linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish rebels. (Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)

Turkish leader calls for U.S.-Turkey 'joint operation' in Syria

EXCLUSIVE: A key political ally of Turkey's president says defeating the Islamic State in Syria will require U.S. troops joining Turkish military forces on the ground inside the war-torn nation -- a move that would require a significant shift in the Obama administration's current policy. Published September 8, 2016

In this Jan. 17, 2016, file photo, President Obama speaks about the release of Americans by Iran, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

U.S. payment of $1.7 billion to Iran made entirely in cash

Several top Republican lawmakers expressed outrage Wednesday as the Obama administration revealed how it flew planeloads of $1.7 billion in cash early this year to Iran as part of a deal to secure the Islamic republic's release of four American prisoners. Published September 7, 2016

Republicans are accusing President Obama of keeping Congress in the dark on critical provisos of the Iran deal reached last summer. (Associated Press)

U.S., allies offered secret concessions to Iran in nuclear deal

The Obama administration and its allies cut a "secret" agreement allowing Iran to evade key restrictions under last year's nuclear deal so Tehran would be able to receive major sanctions relief by the deal's deadline, according to a report Thursday that put the White House on the defensive again about the controversial deal. Published September 1, 2016

The Islamic State-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo." (Associated Press)

U.S. and Russia both claim they killed top ISIS commander

Disagreement between Washington and Moscow over who actually killed a top Islamic State commander widened Wednesday, with the Pentagon pushing back against Russia's claim that a Russian airstrike -- not an American one -- successfully targeted Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, one of the founding members of the brutal jihadi movement. Published August 31, 2016

This frame grab from Tuesday, January 12, 2016 video by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. The 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after their two small boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territorial waters around one of Iran's Persian Gulf islands a day earlier have been freed, the United States and Iran said Wednesday. (IRIB News Agency via AP)

Confrontations reveal Obama's nuclear deal having little effect on Iran's behavior

A pair of dangerously close encounters between the Iranian and U.S. navies in the Persian Gulf this week have raised fresh questions about Tehran's intentions, a year after Obama administration officials hoped the much-touted nuclear deal would moderate the behavior of the Islamic republic and its military. Published August 25, 2016

Nigeria reports Boko Haram leader killed in airstrike as John Kerry arrives

Nigeria reported Tuesday that the leader of Boko Haram and several of his top commanders were killed or wounded in an airstrike, just as Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in the West African nation with a message that military action alone won't break the terrorist outfit's grip on the region. Published August 23, 2016

In this file photo of Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, Dr. Riek Machar, then-vice president of the Government of South Sudan, presides over an all-southern-parties meeting in Juba, Sudan South. Sudan's rebel leader Machar  has fled the country, a spokesman for his party said Thursday, Aug. 18. 2016. (AP Photo/Pete Muller-file)

South Sudan's deposed vice president flees, leaving fragile peace deal in limbo

South Sudan's deposed vice president, now the leader of a rebel group fighting the government, has fled the East African nation, throwing the viability of the fledgling country further into doubt just a few years after it was touted as one of the Obama administration's top foreign policy triumphs. Published August 18, 2016