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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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U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that while Iran is currently keeping up its end of the nuclear deal amid U.S. sanctions, more work is ahead. (Associated Press)

Obama extension for Iran talks gives GOP opening to seek new sanctions

President Obama's willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran. Published November 24, 2014

Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, left,  talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton, director for operations, the Joint Staff, talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, prior to their testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Michele Flournoy emerges as front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel

President Obama's short list of possible replacements for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes Michele Flournoy as its front-runner, sources close to the administration said Monday, creating the possibility that the former undersecretary of defense for policy could become the first women to head the Pentagon. Published November 24, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Sunday. (Associated Press)

U.S., Iran may extend nuclear talks

U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran. Published November 23, 2014

Israeli police officers carry the flag draped coffin of Druze Israeli police officer Zidan Sif in the Druze village of Yanuh-Jat, northern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Sif, 30, died of his wounds on Tuesday after Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city’s bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Hamas says 'intifada' against Jews in Israel will continue

A senior Hamas leader says the U.S.-designated terrorist group plans to push ahead with a violent intifada in Israel and called Tuesday's grisly attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem a "natural retort" to "Israeli crimes" against Palestinians. Published November 19, 2014

In this June 16, 2013 file photo, Internet users browse their Facebook website by the free wifi internet service in an underground station in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

State Department cyber attack prompts shutdown of email system

The State Department computer system fell victim to a cyber attack during recent weeks, according to U.S. officials who say the incident prompted a full shutdown of the department's unclassified email system and occurred around the same time hackers penetrated systems at the White House. Published November 17, 2014

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GOP-led Senate bodes well for U.S.-Taiwan trade, Taipei official says

A top Taiwanese development official says Taipei is optimistic the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will accelerate Washington's pursuit of a free trade pact between the West and Asia, and is hopeful about the prospects of a direct U.S.-Taiwan deal. Published November 16, 2014

War Loot: Islamic State militants rummage through a cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. The weapons were meant to supply Kurdish forces battling the extremist group in Kobani, Syria, but "now they are spoils for the mujahedeen," one militant said. (Associated Press)

U.S. cutting into Islamic State revenues

The Treasury Department's top official for tracking terrorist financing says money continues to flow to the Islamic State, but Washington is beginning to bite hard on the group's revenue streams and its ability to pay fighters in Iraq and Syria. Published November 13, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hagel: Obama administration plans to widen air campaign against Islamic State

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that he is "sober about the challenges" ahead in the growing war against the Islamic State and stressed that the Obama administration is planing to widen to soon widen the scope of the current campaign of airstrikes against the group in Syria and Iraq. Published November 13, 2014

China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun, center, talks with Xinjiang Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian, right, as they visit the site of an explosion in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang region, Thursday, May 22, 2014. Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives on a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, the local officials said, killing over two dozen people and injuring more than 90. The attack was the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents that Chinese authorities have blamed on radical separatists from the country's Muslim Uighur minority. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

New China counterterrorism initiative to focus on intelligence gathering

The Chinese government has launched an new initiative that will use "big data" to improve intelligence gathering for counterterrorism operations — most likely to focus on activity among the Muslim ethnic Uighur groups in the nation's Western Xinjang region. Published November 13, 2014

Drones are about to be used for much more than military missions, and states already are preparing. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

7 al Qaeda fighters killed amid surge of drone strikes in Yemen

Seven suspected al Qaeda militants were killed Wednesday by a drone strike in southern Yemen, the latest in a significant uptick of counterterrorist strikes reportedly being carried out in the Mideast nation by the Obama administration. Published November 12, 2014