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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.

He can be reached at

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Tens of thousands attend the National Council of Resistance of Iran rally in France on June 13, 2015. U.S. lawmakers joined Iranian dissidents calling for regime change in Iran. (Image: Karine G. Barzegar) ** FILE **

U.S. lawmakers join Iranian dissidents in France for giant regime change rally

In a sign that Iran's dissident movement isn't going away even as the U.S. and its partners eye a deal with Tehran, tens of thousands of Iranian opposition exiles gathered in France for an annual rally demanding regime change in Iran and condemning President Obama's push to sign a nuclear accord with the Islamic republic. Published June 13, 2015

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, says Western powers stand "against the Iranian people's will." (Associated Press)

Khamenei regime legitimized by Obama nuclear talks, Iranian dissidents say

Days before a major Iranian dissident rally in France, the head of the host organization says the "circumstances are ripe for regime change" in Tehran, but Washington and other Western governments are standing in the way by legitimizing the regime of Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei through the pursuit of a nuclear deal. Published June 11, 2015

Iraqi parliament speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, speaks about the Friday attack on the Musab bin Omair Mosque, which killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Al-Jabouri said an investigation is underway into the attack on the Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village, northeast of Baghdad. If the attack proves to have been carried out by Shiite militiamen it would deal a major blow to  prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi efforts to reach out to the country's Sunni minority, whose grievances are seen as fueling the Islamic State insurgency. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Baghdad eyes formation of National Guard to fight Islamic State

A top Iraqi Sunni politician said Monday his nation's parliament is close to voting on legislation to create a National Guard to formalize the role of Sunni tribal militias in the fight against the Islamic State — an initiative the Obama administration has been pushing for nearly a year. Published June 8, 2015

Cuban President Raul Castro (center) listens as President Obama delivers his speech to world leaders at the VII Summit of the Americas' opening plenary April 11 in Panama City, Panama. (Associated Press)

Cuba trade embargo fate hinges on Havana human rights progress

President Obama's policy shift on Cuba could soon lead to the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana, but analysts and congressional insiders say it could be years before the decades-old embargo on trade with the communist island is lifted, despite mounting pressure from U.S. business groups. Published June 8, 2015

Saudi Arabia's Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A Pakistan envoy said his nation is eager for the U.S. to reach a nuclear accord with Iran so sanctions on Tehran can be lifted, but denied charges that Islamabad might provide nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia (Associated Press)

Pakistan envoy denies any nuclear aid for Saudis

Pakistan's top diplomat said Thursday his nation is eager for the U.S. and its allies to reach a nuclear accord with Iran so sanctions on Tehran can be lifted, while vehemently denying charges that Islamabad might provide nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia to counter Iranian aggression in the region. Published June 4, 2015

Manned by a single career diplomat and three contractors inside State Department headquarters in Washington, the "Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran" effort has grown since its 2011 inception to include multiple blogs, Instagram, Google Plus and Twitter accounts, as well as the Farsi-language Facebook page. (Facebook)

'Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran' helps U.S. connect with Iranians on Facebook

While full diplomatic relations with Iran remain a distant dream of the Obama administration, a small clutch of American officials have spent the past three years quietly building a "Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran" that now boasts more than a half-million Facebook fans and a digital footprint that sources say is read even by hard-liners in the Islamic republic. Published June 3, 2015

President Obama said he will not sign a nuclear agreement with Iran unless it's verifiable, and he tried to downplay concerns that Tehran would use its extra cash from the end of international sanctions to finance more terrorism. (Associated Press)

Obama deal in jeopardy as Iran nuclear fuel stockpile grows

The White House scrambled Tuesday to try to limit the damage from reports from a U.N. watchdog group that Iran nuclear fuel stockpiles are growing, revelations that could put a nuclear accord with Tehran by this summer in doubt. Published June 2, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva on May 30, 2015. Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are gathering in Geneva this weekend, hoping to bridge differences over a nuclear inspection accord and economic sanctions on Tehran. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama admin dismisses reports of Iran hoarding nuclear fuel

The White House is downplaying the latest report from a United Nations watchdog that Iran's stockpile of nuclear fuel has grown by roughly 20 percent over the past 18 months and not been "frozen" during that period as the Obama administration has previously claimed. Published June 2, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is carried out of a medical helicopter to board a US military C-17 transport aircraft, at Geneva Airport, Switzerland, Monday, June 1, 2015. Kerry, 71, fractured his right femur Sunday when he struck a curb with his bicycle and fell on a regular Tour de France route near Geneva. He has been receiving treatment at Geneva's main medical center, HUG.  Kerry's orthopedic surgeon will accompany him on the flight from Geneva to the United States for treatment of Kerry's broken leg, the State Department said Monday. (Jean- Christophe  Bott/Keystone via AP)

John Kerry's injury casts pall over Iran nuclear negotiations

Secretary of State John F. Kerry's broken leg in a cycling accident raised questions Monday about the fate of nuclear talks with Iran, with White House officials acknowledging that Mr. Kerry won't be able to keep up his usual demanding schedule as negotiators race an end-of-the-month deadline. Published June 1, 2015

An armored vehicle rides during an exercise this week at the Kuzminsky military training ground outside the village of Chkalovo near the Russian-Ukrainian border. (AP)

U.S. slams Russian attempts to hide operations and bodies in eastern Ukraine

The State Department on Thursday slammed the Russian government's decision to stop making public its peacetime military casualties, calling the decree a clear attempt by Moscow to hide the deaths of Russian soldiers conducting clandestine operations inside eastern Ukraine. Published May 28, 2015

atoll: China's alleged ongoing reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea is raising notices of Western nations concerned China may be attempting to assert dominance. (Associated Press)

Beijing brushes off South China Sea complaints, adopts aggressive military stance

U.S. officials pushed back Tuesday against China's attempt to justify its construction of artificial islands and naval bases in the contested South China Sea -- and expressed wariness over a new Chinese Defense Ministry policy paper that analysts say is the most assertive military document issued to date by Beijing. Published May 26, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to downplay the effects of U.S. and European sanctions on his country's economy, asserting that Russia has managed to survive the economic assault from the West. (Associated Press)

Russia recovery talk premature as sanctions threaten to cripple economy

Russian government officials -- and even some outside banking institutions -- are sounding increasingly confident that the Russian economy has weathered the storm brought on by U.S. and European sanctions, but some private analysts say the worst is yet to come. Published May 25, 2015

FILE - In this March 20, 2014 file photo, Al-Qaida fighters wave al-Qaida flags as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. Is there a plan B for Iraq? The fall of Ramadi shows the Iraqi army is still weak, Sunni-Shiite reconciliation is slow and U.S. bombing is not decisively helping. (AP Photo, File)

McCain rips Obama administration over losses in Middle East

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain ripped into President Obama's policy for combating the Islamic State, asserting in a hearing Thursday that the extremists' takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi this week "highlights the shortcomings of the administration's indecisive policy, inadequate commitment and incoherent strategy." Published May 21, 2015

****COPYRIGHT CLAIM****FILE - This is an undated file photo of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan. Say you're sorry. That's what the Pakistani government says it wants from the United States in order to jump-start a number of initiatives between the two countries that would help the hunt for al Qaeda in Pakistan and smooth the end of the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan wants the U.S. to apologize for a border incident in November 2011 in which the U.S. killed 24 Pakistani troops in an airstrike. The Pakistanis have put the apology at the top of a long list of demands to address what they see as insults to national pride and sovereignty _ from the Navy SEAL raid onto Pakistani territory last year that killed Osama bin Laden to the steady U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory. (AP Photo, File)

Osama bin Laden seen as isolated, frustrated in documents

Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden spent his final years pleading with followers to stay focused on the goal of large-scale attacks against Americans, and avoid getting sucked into the regional wars and Muslim-on-Muslim violence that have come to define so much of the global jihadi narrative since his death. Published May 20, 2015

A Russian air force Mi-26 helicopter, front, flies over Red Square during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Host photo agency/RIA Novosti Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Russian aggression prompts Baltic nations to seek NATO force

Reflecting growing nervousness about recent aggressive moves from Russia, NATO's three Baltic members -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- said Thursday that they will ask the alliance to permanently deploy thousands of ground troops to their nations, prompting a quick and sharp condemnation from Moscow. Published May 14, 2015