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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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Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, who has worked in the U.S. intelligence community for a half-century, officially submitted his resignation on Thursday, saying he is contented with the decision to retire. (Associated Press)

James Clapper's resignation gives Trump another hole to fill

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper abruptly announced plans to step down Thursday after six sometimes-contentious years in the post, opening another gap in the growing list of top national security posts the incoming Trump administration will have to fill in the coming weeks. Published November 17, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the surprise presidential election of Donald Trump last week will have no effect on his country or on the multinational nuclear deal. (Associated Press)

Iranian leaders taunt Trump: 'We are not worried' about his opposition to nuclear deal

Iran's top leaders on Wednesday rejected the idea that Donald Trump's surprise victory undercuts the international deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programs, as a top contender for secretary of state in the Trump administration said he doubts the president-elect will "just rip the agreement up" on his first day of office. Published November 16, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a meeting on military industry issues in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

John McCain slams prospect of Trump 'reset' with Russia

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain issued a sharp warning Tuesday against the prospect of reset in U.S.-Russia relations -- a day after President-elect Donald Trump engaged in an extensive phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Published November 15, 2016

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

John Bolton calls for major NATO and U.N. reforms

Former George W. Bush administration foreign policy hawk John Bolton says President-elect Donald Trump's win, coupled with the recent "Brexit" vote, presents a unique moment for the U.S. and Britain to get together behind a push for major change in the current world order. Published November 15, 2016

Sources say retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the probable pick for the Trump administration's national security adviser. (Associated Press)

Trump weighs foreign policy, security team

Names are already circulating over whom President-elect Trump will pick for his Cabinet's top national security and foreign policy posts, but there are more questions than answers at this point as uncertainty swirls over who will fill key posts at both the Pentagon and State Department. Published November 14, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin was among the first foreign leaders to send congratulatory messages to President-elect Donald Trump. Heads of state in China, Turkey, Iran and Egypt also voiced words of support for the Republican winner. (Associated Press)

Putin among first world leaders to praise Trump victory

Donald Trump got a host of congratulatory messages from authoritarian regimes around the globe Wednesday -- from Egypt to Turkey and China -- but some of the warmest words came from Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who appeared eager to seize on perceptions that Mr. Trump wants to repair U.S.-Russia relations strained during the Obama years. Published November 9, 2016

Taliban leaders on Wednesday issued a statement calling for President-elect Donald Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Jihadi terrorist groups see opportunity with Trump election

Jihadi terrorist groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia are looking to leverage the election win of Donald Trump as president of the United States as a call to arms on social media, while others are reaching out to the next administration in an attempt to end U.S. involvement in their countries. Published November 9, 2016

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after a joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) ** FILE **

Mexico reacts to Donald Trump's victory; peso takes a battering

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto responded to Donald Trump's victory by calling for continued partnership with the U.S. and expressing hope that economic and political ties between the two nations won't be damaged by a Trump presidency. Published November 9, 2016

"Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame," Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told fighters in an audio recording, according to Agence France-Presse. (Associated Press)

Islamic State leader's message a sign of trouble for terrorists, Pentagon says

An audio recording purportedly circulated this week by reclusive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be proof that communications have broken down between the terrorist group's top leaders in Syria and its rank-and-file fighters in the besieged city of Mosul, the Pentagon said Thursday, as coalition forces continued their advance on Iraq's second-largest city. Published November 3, 2016

This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. Al-Baghdadi released a new message late on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, encouraging his followers to keep up the fight for the city of Mosul, which they are defending against Iraqi government forces, the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. organization that monitors militant activity online said Thursday. (Militant video via AP, File)

Pentagon won't verify recording by ISIS leader

A recording purportedly from the Islamic State's shadowy leader circulated through the international media Thursday, calling on the terror group's fighters to hold their ground as campaigns mount against territory held by the group in Syria and Iraq. Published November 3, 2016

In this July 2016 file photo, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen speaks to members of the media at his compound, in Saylorsburg, Pa. Turkeys justice minister on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, pressed the U.S. to extradite Gulen who he accuses of orchestrating the July failed coup attempt or risk seriously harming relations between the two countries.  (AP Photo/Chris Post, File)

Post-coup crackdown widens in Turkey; opposition paper targeted

A top European Union politician and leading human rights group slammed the government of Turkey on Monday for shuttering more than a dozen private media outlets and arresting 11 journalists at a key opposition newspaper. Published October 31, 2016

A Christian adjusts a candle next to wording 'Peace' drawn with rose petals during a candlelight vigil for the victims of an overnight attack on the Quetta Police Training Academy, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing dozens of people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gun battle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISIS takes credit for Pakistan attack that killed dozens of police cadets

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for an attack in Pakistan that saw masked gunmen raid a police training college a day earlier, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 100, the majority of them law enforcement cadets in the South Asian nation. Published October 25, 2016