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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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Articles by Guy Taylor

Questions are mounting over why the Justice Department has not yet opened a criminal investigation against Hillary Rodham Clinton for mishandling a mountain of classified information. (Associated Press)

Calls mount for Hillary Clinton criminal investigation amid email data breach fears

With U.S. intelligence officials scrambling to contain damage from potentially hundreds of spy agency secrets in Hillary Rodham Clinton's private emails, questions are mounting over why the Justice Department has not yet opened a criminal investigation against the Democratic presidential front-runner for mishandling a mountain of classified information. Published August 2, 2015

Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 29, 2015. An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. (Associated Press)

Taliban confirms death of Mullah Omar, names successor

High-ranking Taliban officials have confirmed Afghan government claims that the militant group's long-secretive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, and say the group's senior council has appointed a successor. Published July 30, 2015

This undated file photo reportedly shows the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Reports of mullah's death rock Afghan peace push

Uncertainty swirled Wednesday around new reports that long-secretive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for perhaps as long as two years, as U.S. officials declined to confirm an Afghan government claim and analysts debated how the death might impact Afghan-Taliban peace talks and the group's surging operations in the war-torn nation. Published July 29, 2015

Jacob Lew says U.S. will still curb Iran economy if nuclear deal passes

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday the Obama administration intends to "redouble" its efforts to target Iranian government support for terrorism and regional destabilization activities — even as nuclear sanctions on Tehran are being lifted under the major accord reached with world powers this month. Published July 29, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

John Kerry grilled over nuclear deal as lawmakers stress lack of trust in Iran

Iran's long record of evading and concealing its nuclear programs from U.N. inspectors hung like a specter over Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top administration officials faced their second sharp grilling in as many weeks from lawmakers weighing whether to support the Iranian nuclear deal. Published July 28, 2015

About 1,000 Kurdish activists from Istanbul who arrived in response to a call for mass mobilization by the imprisoned leader of the PKK rebel group, Abdullah Ocalan, gather at the border near Suruc, Turkey, on Sept. 25, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama denies sacrificing Kurds to gain Turkey's help in Islamic State fight

Turkey has finally entered in force into the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, but the move also has exposed the contradictions and confusion at the heart of U.S. policy, with the Obama administration struggling Monday to balance its promises to warring allies in the region and to prevent a deeper U.S. ground force engagement in the fight. Published July 27, 2015

Syed Tariq Fatemi, special assistant on foreign affairs to Pakistan's prime minister, said his country is in constant contact with Iran about prospects for commercial ties. (Associated Press)

Pakistan banking on Iran trade bonanza after Obama nuclear deal

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open "massive trade" opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iranian-Pakistani border, said a top Pakistani diplomat, expressing his nation's deep hope that the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible. Published July 26, 2015

Pakistan's Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi arrives for the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan on Oct. 16, 2014. The two-day summit opens Thursday under the theme "Responsible Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Security." (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pakistan banks on bonanza from Iran nuke deal

The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open "massive trade" opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iran-Pakistan border, a top Pakistani diplomat said Friday, expressing his nation's deep hope that the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible. Published July 24, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry insisted that the Obama administration was clear that any nuclear deal should be viewed separately from overall U.S. criticisms of Iran's record at home and abroad. "This plan was designed to address the nuclear issue alone, not to reform Iran's regime, or end its support for terrorism, or its contributions to sectarian violence in the Middle East," he said. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senators slam John Kerry: Obama's Iran deal lacks details

Senators from both parties hammered the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday, prompting Secretary of State John F. Kerry to launch his fiercest public defense of the accord to date -- calling it "fantasy" to think that a better agreement could have been reached and warning that a congressional repudiation of the deal would only increase the chances of a nuclear-armed Tehran. Published July 23, 2015

Chattanooga gunman's uncle detained in Jordan as investigators seek terror link

U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday that the uncle of the man who killed four U.S. Marines and a sailor in a shooting spree in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday has been held for questioning by Jordanian officials, amid growing signs that investigators were seeking links between the killer and radical terrorist elements. Published July 21, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

John Kerry: Iran deal delayed again; 'We will not rush and we will not be rushed'

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday that international negotiators "will not rush and we will not be rushed" to seal a final nuclear accord with Iran, signaling that talks are likely to extend past the latest extended deadline for a deal on Friday and carry on at least into the weekend. Published July 9, 2015

An investor covers his eyes at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

No worries about impact of China stock market crash on U.S. economy -- yet

China's stock market has plummeted more than 30 percent in recent weeks, but the communist nation's internal trading system remains isolated enough from the rest of the world that the Obama administration and others are confident that the turmoil won't have an immediate impact on the U.S. economy. Published July 8, 2015

Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally organized by supporters of the Yes vote in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. A new opinion poll shows a dead heat in Greece's referendum campaign with just two days to go before Sunday's vote on whether Greeks should accept more austerity in return for bailout loans. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Greeks reject austerity measures, trigger fears of Eurozone exit

Greeks voted resoundingly Sunday to reject the austerity demands of a proposed European Union and International Monetary Fund bailout package, triggering widespread concern that Greece may soon be on its way to exiting the eurozone. Published July 5, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a plenary session of an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 19, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Russia fosters Armenian dependency with $200M weapons loan

The Russian government has agreed to loan $200 million to Armenia as part of a deal that will see the former Soviet Republic buy sophisticated weapons from Moscow at a discount, according to a report on Friday. Published July 3, 2015