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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 gtaylor@washingtontimes.com.

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In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters of the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, more than two weeks after ISIL took over the country's second largest city. (AP Photo)

Iraq's crisis threatens to turn into regional war

Iraq's sectarian crisis is threatening to evolve into a regional war as Washington's two main adversaries in the Middle East — Syria and Iran — mount a military response to Sunni extremists who have seized swaths of Iraqi territory over the past three weeks. Published June 26, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

House intel chief: Obama ignored Iraq warnings

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he and other lawmakers were briefed more than a year ago on the dangers of the al Qaeda-inspired group now wreaking havoc in Iraq, accusing President Obama of a "policy failure" in failing to prevent their advances. Published June 25, 2014

Members of an Iraqi volunteer force put on their newly issued boots in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has put on hold plans for a counteroffensive to retake Iraqi cities captured by Sunni insurgents in the north and west of the country, instead deploying elite forces in Baghdad to bolster its defenses. (Associated Press photographs)

Kurdish leader cites 'new reality' in Iraq, meets with Kerry

Secretary of State John F. Kerry extended his sweep through Iraq Tuesday, stopping in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, where a top Kurdish leader warned that a recent advance of Sunni extremists has created "a new reality and a new Iraq." Published June 24, 2014

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, right, shakes hands for photographers with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Irbil on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The president of Iraq’s ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq” as the country’s Shiite-led government considers new leadership as an immediate step to curb a Sunni insurgent rampage. The comments by Barzani came as he met with Kerry, who is pushing the central government in Baghdad to at least adopt new policies that would give more authorities to Iraq’s minority Sunnis and Kurds.(AP Photo/ Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry pushes back against independent Kurdish state

Secretary of State John F. Kerry extended his sweep through a reeling Iraq Tuesday, stopping in the northern city of Irbil, where a top powerful Kurdish political leader warned that recent advance of Sunni extremists has created "a new reality and a new Iraq." Published June 24, 2014

emissary: U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, left, met with U.S. Marines during his visit to the Baghdad Monday. Mr. Kerry told Iraqi leaders that any potential U.S. airstrikes in the country must specifically target ISIL to avoid Sunni civilian casualties. (associated press)

Pollster says Obama's solution for Iraq must be all-inclusive

A leading Iraqi pollster said the Obama administration's push for a cross-sectarian government in Baghdad will work only if it includes serious outreach to former Baathists, local Sunni tribal leaders and other armed groups who have the power to drive surging al Qaeda-minded extremists from the nation's western and northern regions. Published June 23, 2014

Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq. Tensions in the country have heated up as the extremist ISIL group has allied with more moderate, secular Sunni militant groups, many of whom are not even targets of U.S. operations. (associated press)

Sunni secularists blur picture of ISIL; targets for airstrikes hard to see

The surge of an al Qaeda splinter group in Iraq over the past month has depended heavily on support from more secular Sunni factions in the nation, which challenges the Obama administration's policy of making distinctions between extremists and moderate militants in the region. Published June 22, 2014

Volunteers train at a military base in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, on Tuesday after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Signs emerged of a reprisal of a sectarian slaughter in Iraq. Police said pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen detainees after insurgents tried to storm a prison northeast of Baghdad. (Associated Press)

Iraqi Shiites take a stand against Sunni extremists heading for Baghdad

The Sunni extremist militants rampaging through northern Iraq faced fierce gunbattles against forces aligned with Iraq's Shiite prime minister roughly 40 miles northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, as evidence emerged of mounting sectarian and reprisal violence between the nation's divided Muslim populations. Published June 17, 2014

ISIL militants slaughter 1,700 Iraqis in mass execution

The al Qaeda-inspired Sunni extremist group surging in Iraq over the past week now claims to have massacred hundreds of Shiite Muslim men taken captive from the nation's government security forces. Published June 16, 2014

** FILE ** Iraqi Shiite Muslims venerate Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a man of influence in Iraq who is revered as well as by Shiites around the world. He is now 81 years old and has lived in seclusion for years. (Associated Press)

Top Shiite cleric calls on Iraqis to take up arms against Sunni militants

The battle lines for sectarian war in Iraq appeared to harden Friday as the nation's most-revered Shiite Muslim cleric called on all Iraqis to take up arms against the al Qaeda-inspired Sunni extremists who have seized control of several Iraqi cities and towns this week. Published June 13, 2014

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Al-Baghdadi, a brutal contender for bin Laden's mantle, emerges in Iraq

U.S. officials monitoring the fast-shifting landscape of al Qaeda-inspired militancy in the Middle East in recent years have been on the lookout for a single figure who might emerge to match the jihadist charisma and global mystique once held over Sunni Muslim extremists by Osama bin Laden. Published June 12, 2014

REFUGEES: Iraqis fleeing Mosul arrive at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad following an al Qaeda breakaway group's takeover of their home city. An estimated half a million fled Iraq's second-largest city. (associated press)

Gains by al Qaeda group in Iraq spark fears of a decade's progress lost

Sunni militants swept rapidly Wednesday toward Iraq's capital, Baghdad, facing almost no resistance as they wrested control of Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from Iraqi forces — part of a fast-moving advance prompting fresh concern in Washington that hard-fought gains during nearly a decade of U.S. occupation of the Mideast country are slipping away. Published June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. Hagel faced angry lawmakers becoming the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama got Justice Department OK for Bergdahl swap

Senior defense officials told Congress on Wednesday that President Obama got legal approval from the Justice Department to skirt Congress and release five former Taliban commanders from Guantanamo in a prisoner trade for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Published June 11, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican (Associated Press)

Obama officials fail to quell questions on Taliban exchange

Senate Republicans hurled fresh criticism Tuesday at the White House for trading five former Taliban commanders from Guantanamo for an American soldier, a day after Sen. Ted Cruz said he will introduce legislation to prevent President Obama from making any more prisoner swaps. Published June 10, 2014

**FILE** CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks in Washington on March 11, 2014. (Associated Press)

CIA officially joins Twitter, Facebook

The CIA announced Friday that it is expanding its public outreach efforts into the social media realm by launching official Twitter and Facebook accounts that anyone in the general public can follow. Published June 6, 2014

Dale Wen-Chieh Jieh, head of the department of policy planning within the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, meets with editors and reporters at The Washington Times. (Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times)

U.S. missile defense plans in Taiwan face rising opposition

A delegation of high-level Taiwanese diplomats said Thursday that many of their own people oppose a major trade deal with mainland China, and also made a rare public acknowledgment of rising domestic resistance to U.S. pressure to expand a radar system for detecting long-range missile threats from Beijing. Published June 5, 2014

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Congress twice rejected release of Taliban from Gitmo in trade for Bergdahl

President Obama's aides met with unanimous opposition from Congress when they first raised the possibility of releasing five Taliban guerrillas from Guantanamo Bay in 2011 and 2012, and administration officials publicly and repeatedly vowed to return to Capitol Hill before making any final moves. Published June 4, 2014