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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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Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani, left, is escorted into West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where he is scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Iraqi Kurdish chief hopes to sidestep region's clash with Iran

Iran's influence over the Middle East is expanding but the region's Kurds are determined to stay neutral in the face of tensions stemming from Tehran's role in conflicts from Iraq to Syria and Yemen, the president of Iraq's Kurdistan region said Friday. Published May 8, 2015

President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kurdish leader says his people will one day declare independence

The president of Kurdistan's regional government told an audience in Washington on Wednesday that the Kurds will hold a referendum on independence from Iraq when hostilities surrounding the war against Islamic State extremists in the nation are resolved. Published May 6, 2015

The Obama administration is quietly negotiating weapons deals with the Saudia Arabian kingdom, which is wary of a deal between the U.S. and Iran over nuclear weapons. (Associated Press)

Obama weighs offering Saudi Arabia weapons provided only to Israel

The Obama administration is quietly pushing Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to create an advanced missile defense system, and is preparing to ramp up sophisticated weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease regional fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran. Published May 5, 2015

Russia-backed rebels take positions on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine in April. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said that Russia and pro-Russia separatist forces exploited the cease-fire to "reset and reposition themselves" in eastern Ukraine. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Russia exploiting Ukraine cease-fire, NATO general tells lawmakers

The U.S. commander of NATO said Thursday that Russia and pro-Russia separatist forces exploited the recent cease-fire in eastern Ukraine to "reset and reposition themselves" and appear now to be preparing for a fresh offensive against Ukraine's military. Published April 30, 2015

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, then Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, King Salman replaced Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal -- who has held the position for 40 years -- with Adel al-Jubeir, the ambassador to the U.S., who is not a member of the royal family but has been the public face of the Yemen air campaign. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Saudi shake-up won't undercut ties, U.S. says

The Obama administration said a major power shake-up in Saudi Arabia, where the nation's counterterrorism czar was abruptly promoted to crown prince and its ambassador to the U.S. elevated to foreign minister, would not undercut relations with one of Washington's most critical Middle East allies. Published April 29, 2015

Russia is building up its submarine forces in Asia, and Moscow's military forces are seeking increased influence in the Arctic region, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, Adm. Samuel Locklear testified to the House Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

Finland fires on suspected Russian submarine in waters off Helsinki

Six months after a Russian sub lurking off the coast of Stockholm triggered Sweden's biggest naval mobilization since the Cold War, Finland said Tuesday that its military had fired underwater depth charges at a suspicious vessel in waters near Helsinki. Published April 28, 2015

Islamic State Christians execution video displays cinematic sophistication

The Islamic State's latest mass-beheading video might seem like guerrilla camera work shot on a desolate Libyan beach. But a closer look reveals a level of cinematic sophistication that U.S. officials and one American filmmaker say likely involved rehearsals and perhaps even multiple takes to pull off successfully. Published April 20, 2015

China building runway on manmade South China Sea island

New satellite images reveal that China is building an airstrip for its military on a manmade island in a hotly contested maritime area, a move that raised alarm bells for U.S. officials and for U.S. allies in the region. Published April 17, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, holds a new conference before leaving to the United States at Baghdad airport, Iraq, Monday, April 13, 2015. The prime minister is making an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama for more help in defeating the Islamic State militants, hoping recent gains in the fight fueled by U.S. airstrikes will encourage more investment from a war-weary United States.  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In D.C., Iraq, Saudi tensions on Yemen spill out into open

In a sign of the difficult diplomacy and conflicting alliances the Obama administration is trying to manage in the Middle East, the Saudi ambassador and the Iraqi president traded barbs in Washington on Wednesday over Riyadh's campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. Published April 15, 2015

Saudi Arabian Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference at Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, about the Saudi's military campaign in Yemen. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are mulling whether to hold a joint military exercise in the kingdom as airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition are continuing to pound Shiite rebels in Yemen. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Saudi envoy says Riyadh committed to fight against al Qaeda

Saudi Arabia remains committed to the fight against the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda, even as Saudi forces battle Shi'ite Houthi rebels who have overrun much of the country, Riyadh's ambassador to Washington insisted Wednesday. Published April 15, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry talked with Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman's minister of foreign affairs, during a meeting of Persian Gulf delegates in March. Oman helped kick-start secret nuclear talks between Tehran and Washington in 2013. (Associated Press)

Oman uniquely suited for Middle East peacemaker role amid rising tensions

Discreet and strategically located, the small sultanate of Oman helped kick-start secret nuclear talks between Tehran and Washington in 2013. Now many in the U.S. and the Middle East say the Persian Gulf nation, a neutral safe haven in Shiite-Sunni clashes raging across the region, may hold the key to defusing Saudi Arabia's clash with Iran-backed rebels in Yemen before it erupts into all-out war. Published April 9, 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took issues with key points on the framework of a nuclear deal including sanction relief and inspector access. (Associated Press)

Ayatollah’s doubts place cloud over Iran nuke deal

First they were for it. Then they were against it. Then they were for it again. Now, Iran's Supreme Leader, speaking publicly for the first time Thursday on the matter, seems to be against key elements of it. Published April 9, 2015

Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias hold a demonstration against a film and a cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

Libya rejects U.S.-led offensive against Islamic State, seeks aid

Libya's top diplomat in Washington wants aggressive U.S. support in containing the Islamic State's rise in her nation but strongly rejects the idea of an American-led bombing or ground offensive, saying it would just make things worse. Published April 5, 2015

Negotiators: Secretary of State John F. Kerry grabbed British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond for a chat before a press conference Thursday announcing a long-awaited framework for Iranian nuclear activity. Also attending were Federica Mogherini of the European Union and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Associated Press)

Obama, allies hail Iran nuclear deal as critics slam concessions

President Obama and other world leaders on Thursday hailed what they said was a breakthrough accord setting the stage for a historic agreement that will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, even though Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium under the agreement and the schedule for easing international sanctions remains to be negotiated. Published April 2, 2015