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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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Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they wave the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq, on June 16, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chilling Islamic State 'Martyrs' file highlights leak of 22,000 suspected recruits' data

In what could be a major intelligence break in the war against the Islamic State, American and European officials are poring over a list of some 22,000 suspected Islamic State recruits -- including operatives from the U.S., Britain and Canada -- whose addresses and phone numbers were on a memory stick leaked to a British news organization by a purported defector from the Syria-based terrorist group. Published March 10, 2016

An Iraqi man weeps as he holds a Christian religious poster depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary during a demonstration calling for governmental reform in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Feb. 26. (Associated Press)

Catholic priest demands U.S. recognize genocide against Christians in Iraq, Syria

A decade has gone by since the Rev. Douglas al-Bazi was kidnapped and had his teeth knocked out by Islamic jihadis in Baghdad, a nightmare that still haunts the Chaldean Catholic priest and one that fuels his quest to have the horror endured by his fellow Iraqi Christians be recognized for what it is: "genocide." Published March 9, 2016

Syrian soldiers keep watch on a roof in a town on the outskirts of Damascus that is hosting large numbers of refugees from other areas of the besieged country. (Associated Press)

Syria cease-fire reduces carnage, returns some normalcy to hard-hit areas

There were skeptics aplenty when it was announced, but U.S. and U.N. officials are saying the fragile cease-fire between the forces of Russian-backed Syrian President Bashar Assad and opposition groups that went into effect late last week is reducing the carnage -- for now. Published March 3, 2016

strategic allies: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (right) has agreed to let Russian President Vladimir Putin deploy a slew of military vehicles to a base just outside the Armenian capital of Yerevan. (Associated Press)

Armenia pulled into Russia-Turkey clash in Syria

The clash between Russia and Turkey is not just taking place in the skies over Syria. It's also spreading to the nearby Caucasus region, where a fresh wave of Russian military overtures to Armenia threatens to reignite a frozen conflict that has pitted Moscow against Ankara for decades. Published March 2, 2016

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 27, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

John Boehner says Iran elections are 'phony,' slams nuclear deal in first public speech

In his first public speech since disappearing from Washington's political scene four months ago, former House Speaker John Boehner on Friday hammered the Obama administration for striking last summer's nuclear accord and declared outright that the elections currently taking place in the Islamic republic are nothing but "a phony attempt to prop up an ailing regime." Published February 26, 2016

"We believe China's legitimate security concerns must be taken into account, and a convincing explanation must be provided to China," said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, while conceding South Korea had the right to make its own decisions. "I don't think it's too much to ask." (Associated Press)

China grudgingly accepts U.S. missile shield deployment to South Korea

China's top diplomat said Thursday Beijing has "legitimate national security" concerns over the potential deployment of an advanced U.S. missile shield to South Korea in response to growing nuclear provocations from North Korea -- but Chinese leaders also respect that it will be up to Seoul to "make a final decision" on the matter. Published February 25, 2016

South Korean protesters stage a rally to oppose the possible deployment of the United States' advanced defense system THAAD, a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, on Korea Peninsula, near the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile, according to a U.S. defense official and expert analysis of commercial satellite imagery. The signs read " Oppose the deployment of THAAD." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

China says it might accept U.S. missile shield in South Korea

China's top diplomat says Beijing has "legitimate national security" concerns over the potential deployment of an advanced U.S. missile shield to South Korea in response to growing nuclear provocations from North Korea -- but Chinese leaders also respect that it will be up to Seoul to "make a final decision" on the matter. Published February 25, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, before the House Appropriations Committee on Foreign Operations hearing on the State Department’s fiscal 2017 budget request.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

John Kerry defends White House handling of Iran missile tests

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision not to punish Iran for carrying out two recent ballistic missile tests, but said that if another test occurs anytime soon, the White House might respond with fresh sanctions against Tehran. Published February 24, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

John Kerry: U.S. has sent to the Kurds 41,000 grenades and 60,000 anti-tank rounds

The Obama administration's reliance on Kurdish militants to fight the Islamic State has prompted deep friction with Turkey, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry says U.S. weapons will continue to flow to the so-called peshmerga forces, with some 5 million rounds of ammunition expected to be delivered soon. Published February 24, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 on a vow to repair relations with the West and to ease social freedoms in Iran and counter the influence of the country's hard-liners. (Associated Press)

Iranian elections to test enthusiasm for Hassan Rouhani's reformist agenda

Iran's voters go to the polls Friday in the first major test of public opinion in the Islamic republic since last summer's nuclear accord, a vote that may well determine whether President Hassan Rouhani has a green light to forge ahead with long-promised political and economic reforms in the nation. Published February 22, 2016

Turkish soldiers Thursday mourned Sgt. 1st Class Feyyaz Ilhan, one of the 28 people killed in an Ankara explosion Wednesday. The attack, blamed on a Kurdish group, raised tensions with the U.S. (Associated Press)

Turkey blames Obama's muddled Syria policy for fueling its security crisis

With U.S.-Turkish ties already in a bad state, the fallout from this week's terrorist strike in the heart of Ankara has sent tensions to new heights, with Turkish leaders declaring that Washington's muddled policy in neighboring Syria is fueling a widening security crisis inside their country. Published February 18, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Obama toast during a state dinner Friday at the White House. (AP Photo)

Blindsided White House whines as China's military expands global reach

The clash between China and the U.S. over who will control the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest waterways, escalated Wednesday as Secretary of State John F. Kerry lashed out at Beijing after the Obama administration said it confirmed reports that China had deployed advanced surface-to-air missiles on a built-up island it occupies in the contested sea. Published February 17, 2016

President Obama said heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had "discussed the need for tangible steps in the South China Sea to lower tensions, including a halt to further reclamation, new construction and militarization of disputed areas."

Obama offers veiled reprimand of China in South China Sea dispute

Without mentioning China by name, President Obama offered an implicit reprimand of Beijing at the close of a two-day summit he hosted for Southeast Asian leaders Tuesday, suggesting China's construction of artificial islands and naval bases in the contested South China Sea was destabilizing the region and vowing to keep the sea open to international traffic. Published February 16, 2016

Fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster. (Associated Press)

Syria cease-fire would help Assad, allies secure control of Aleppo

Syria's largest city has become the biggest prize for embattled President Bashar Assad and his Iranian and Russian backers, as the Obama administration pushes to implement a cease-fire that would effectively consolidate their gains around the onetime moderate opposition stronghold of Aleppo. Published February 14, 2016

Under army patrol, South Korean cargo trucks head to Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea said it will shut down the joint industrial park there and accused Pyongyang of using hard currency from Kaesong to develop its nuclear and missile programs. (Associated Press)

U.S. and Asian allies punishing North Korea for its aggression

Aftershocks from North Korea's satellite launch over the weekend continued to reverberate on both sides of Pacific on Wednesday, as South Korea pulled the plug on a high-profile joint venture with Pyongyang, the U.S. and Japan moved ahead on new economic sanctions on the North and China faced increasing pressure to rein in its rogue ally. Published February 10, 2016