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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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Marco Leon Calarca, member of the FARC, accompanied by Marcela Duran, the Colombian delegation's head of press, speaks about a deal on bilateral cease-fire that would be the last major step toward ending one of the world's longest wars. (Associated Press)

Colombia, FARC to make cease-fire, disarmament official after half-century civil war

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and regional leaders are set to descend Thursday on Havana to celebrate what could be the last major step toward ending the Western Hemisphere's longest-running war, as Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels sign a much-anticipated cease-fire and disarmament deal. Published June 22, 2016

Bahrain's government stripped a leading Shiite cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, of his nationality following a request from the country's Interior Ministry. The Bahrain News Agency quotes the Interior Ministry Monday, June 20, 2016, as saying the cleric had played a key role in creating an extremist sectarian atmosphere and working to divide the society. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

U.S. worries about Bahrain crackdown on democratic dissent

U.S. officials said they were "deeply troubled" by Bahrain's decision to strip an influential Shiite cleric of his citizenship Monday, a move that has triggered major protests in the tiny Persian Gulf nation and stoked regional tensions between nearby Saudi Arabia and Iran. Published June 20, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Oslo on June 15, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kerry: Internal cable slamming Obama's Syria policy is 'very good'

Secretary of State John F. Kerry says he's preparing to meet with the 51 American diplomats who signed an internal State Department cable slamming the Obama administration's Syria policy and calling for U.S. military strikes against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published June 20, 2016

Memo from dissenting diplomats unlikely to change Obama's policy on Syria

The Obama administration has struggled to downplay the fallout from a leaked internal State Department cable signed by more than 50 midlevel diplomats slamming the White House's Syria policy and calling for "targeted [U.S.] military strikes" against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad to boost embattled pro-U.S. rebel forces. Published June 17, 2016

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Maduro accused the United States of sabotage plans against Venezuela, saying they aim to create a scenario of violence to justify a foreign military intervention to remove him from power. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) ** FILE **

John Kerry adds to calls for Nicolas Maduro to step down in Caracas

Secretary of State John F. Kerry threw his weight Tuesday behind international calls for a referendum that could force Venezuelan leftist President Nicolas Maduro from power, just as the South American nation faces a deepening crisis, rife with food shortages and political unrest. Published June 14, 2016

Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has argued that its interests are too often overlooked. (Associated Press)

Turkey wavers on Islamic State fight amid rising tensions with U.S., allies

Even as U.S., Iraqi and Kurdish forces make significant gains against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, rising friction between Turkey and America's key regional allies threatens to scuttle the hopes of coalition forces to drive the terrorist group from the region. Published June 13, 2016

The latest instance of the second-generation terrorist syndrome played out in Orlando over the weekend, where Omar Mateen, son of immigrants from Afghanistan, went on a jihad-inspired rampage, shooting down 49 people and wounding 53 others in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. (MySpace via Associated Press)

Islamic State seeks credit amid Orlando shooter's confusing claims

The Islamic State issued a second claim of responsibility in two days for the carnage that killed 49 people at gay nightclub in Orlando, although investigators were still scrambling Monday night to determine whether the U.S.-born gunman had any connection to the terror group or was just inspired by its message. Published June 13, 2016

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 7, 2016 file photo, Turkish police work at the scene of an explosion in Istanbul. Well before police could establish who was responsible for the car bombing, the government had banned the media from reporting anything about the investigation. Bans have been implemented after such incidents since 2013 and have become so routine that some joke on Twitter that the ban arrives before the ambulance _ but they're part of what free-speech advocates say is an increasingly concerning pattern of restricting news coverage in Turkey. (Associated Press)

Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Turkey blast

A Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility Friday for the rush-hour car bombing that killed 11 people and injured scores of others in a central tourist district in the Turkish city of Istanbul this week, saying the blast was the start of a new war with Turkey's government. Published June 10, 2016

FILE - This undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, in Islamic State group-held territory, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters of the Islamic State wave the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. A two-pronged advance to capture key urban strongholds of the Islamic State, and the extremist group's self-styled capital of Raqqa has underlined a convergence of strategy between Washington and Moscow to defeat the extremist group, with Syria's Kurds emerging as the common denominator. (Raqqa Media Center via AP, File)

Bombings force ISIS to cut fighter pay by half: U.S. officials

Obama administration counterterrorism officials said Thursday that U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State-held oil fields and cash depots in Syria and Iraq are the number-one way to destroy the terror group's finances. Published June 9, 2016

With a Libyan flag on his automatic weapon, a soldier stands guard outside a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Libya's Transitional National Council President Mustafa Abdel-Jalil at the World Islamic Call Society Headquarters in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Libya says it will lead own fight against ISIS

The prime minister of Libya's new government says the fractured nation's own military forces will lead the campaign to defeat the Islamic State's main Libyan affiliate. Published June 3, 2016

State Department spokesman John Kirby. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

State Department admits intentionally editing video of Iran press conference

The State Department acknowledged Wednesday that officials intentionally altered the video record of a 2013 department press briefing to delete comments about then-ongoing nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and Iran -- claiming that an unidentified U.S. official had ordered the comments removed. Published June 1, 2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers remarks at a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File) **FILE**

North Korea slams Hillary Clinton, heaps praise on 'wise' Donald Trump

North Korea's state media published a op-ed slamming Hillary Clinton and praising Donald Trump on Tuesday, roughly two weeks after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he'd be open to direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to halt the communist nation's nuclear program. Published May 31, 2016

From left, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hold hands in a show of solidarity after their trilateral meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, on May 23. (Iranian Presidency Office via Associated Press)

India-Iran port deal reveals tense Asian rivalries

A little-noticed deal this month between India and Iran to develop an obscure port in the Gulf of Oman is offering a glimpse into just how dramatically last summer's Iranian nuclear accord stands to upend South Asia's geopolitical dynamics — as New Delhi pushes to expand its influence in nearby Afghanistan, outflank rival Pakistan and challenge Chinese dominance in the region. Published May 29, 2016