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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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Vice President Joseph R. Biden welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the Naval Observatory. (Associated Press)

Al-Maliki visit presents a delicate challenge for administration

He was an obscure compromise candidate when unexpectedly elected prime minister in 2006. Against all odds, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is still on the job, and holds a worrying level of power in Iraq as he heads into a meeting Friday with President Obama to discuss the still-troubled state of his nation — a decade after the U.S.-led military action that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. Published October 30, 2013

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Clapper contradicts White House, says Obama was aware of spying on allies

America's top intelligence official acknowledged Tuesday that President Obama and other senior White House officials were well aware of U.S. surveillance activities targeting leaders of friendly foreign nations — a stark contradiction of the administration's insinuation in recent days that the president was unaware of such spying. Published October 29, 2013

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Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service. Published October 25, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his seat on the occasion of their meeting at Villa Taverna, the US Ambassador's residence in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Kerry and Netanyahu met in Rome during Kerry's last stop of his European tour. (AP Photo/Claudio Peri, Pool)

Netanyahu sees progress in Iran nuke talks

Despite being a leading skeptic of the U.S.-led drive to strike a deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday suggested that the two sides may actually be "very close" to an agreement that Israel could support. Published October 23, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry said he is aware that the Saudis are unhappy that the U.S. has not followed through on threats to use force against the Syrian regime after its use of chemical weapons.

Saudis want more action from U.S. in Syrian crisis

The Obama administration Tuesday acknowledged frustration among Saudi Arabian leaders over U.S. unwillingness to play a more aggressive, perhaps even militarized, role in the Syrian civil war — but downplayed reports of a growing fissure in relations between Riyadh and Washington. Published October 22, 2013

A trip Secretary of State John F. Kerry is making to France has been complicated by a French newspaper's report about data mining by the National Security Agency that resulted in tens of millions of digital communications being collected. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

John Kerry under fire for NSA's global snooping scandal

Seeking to tamp down the latest diplomatic crisis stemming from the NSA snooping scandal, President Obama called French President Francois Hollande to allay French outrage after the revelation the U.S. spied on tens of millions of phone calls and text messages in France. Published October 21, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. The chances for progress between Iran, the U.S. and its partners have seldom been better. This is the message coming from Iran and six world powers ahead of renewed talks this week meant to end a decade of deadlock on Tehran's nuclear program. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

Cautious optimism surfaces amid progress in Iranian nuclear talks

Under pressure from Congress and Israel to resist rushing into a hasty deal, the Obama administration reacted cautiously to news from Geneva on Wednesday of progress in the international talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Published October 16, 2013

U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, center, waits for the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland. Iran's overtures to the West are being tested as the U.S. and its partners sit down for the first talks on Tehran's nuclear program since the election of a reformist Iranian president. Negotiations between Iran and the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany began Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, pool)

Caution voiced on Iran's nuclear program proposal; Israel still wary

The Obama administration responded with caution Tuesday to a new Iranian offer to scale back — but not eliminate — its uranium enrichment program and allow increased international monitoring in exchange for the lifting of U.S.-led sanctions that have damaged the Islamic republic's economy and oil industry in recent years. Published October 15, 2013

** FILE ** A Syrian rebel fighter returns from fighting Syrian army forces in Aleppo. (Associated Press)

U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria

The United States has had limited success cutting off funding to the al Qaeda-linked fighters and foreign jihadists flowing into Syria — in part because of a lack of cooperation on the part of Middle Eastern allies, Intelligence and national security community sources say. Published October 13, 2013

** FILE ** An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan on a moonlit night in January 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Drone strikes plummet as U.S. seeks more human intelligence

The number of drone strikes approved by the Obama administration on suspected terrorists has fallen dramatically this year, as the war with al Qaeda increasingly shifts to Africa and U.S. intelligence craves more captures and interrogations of high-value targets. Published October 9, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wants Abu Anas al-Libi taken to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an enemy combatant and interrogated. (Associated Press)

Sen. Graham wants al-Libi sent quickly to Guantanamo for interrogation

Three influential Republican lawmakers slammed the Obama administration's handling of Abu Anas al-Libi, the suspected high-level al Qaeda operative captured by American commandos in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday, saying the terrorist now being held and interrogated on a U.S. Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea should be transferred quickly to the detainee prison at Guantanamo Bay. Published October 8, 2013

FILE - This file image from the FBI website shows Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the United States for more than a decade. Al-Libi was captured in a raid Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, and is being held aboard the USS San Antonio, a warship mainly used to transport troops. Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA "black" sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning them aboard U.S. naval vessels. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

GOP lawmakers want captured Libyan in Guantanamo

Three influential Republican lawmakers slammed the Obama administration's handling of Abu Anas al-Libi, the suspected high-level al Qaeda operative captured by American commandos in Tripoli on Saturday, saying the terrorist now being held and interrogated on a U.S. Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea should be quickly transferred to the detainee prison at Guantanamo Bay. Published October 8, 2013

U.S. Navy SEALs in action. (U.S. Navy photo)

SEALs take over for drones as U.S. ups the stakes in fight against Al Qaeda

Clandestine U.S. military raids on terrorist targets in North Africa suggest the Obama administration is eager to send a message to an emerging generation of al Qaeda fighters: It does not matter where on the globe you are hiding, the U.S. is tracking you and willing to exert stealth military muscle — not just drones — to take you down. Published October 7, 2013

** FILE ** A young boy leads the hard-line Islamist al-Shabaab fighters as they conduct a military exercise in northern Mogadishu's Suqaholaha neighborhood in Somalia. The country's continuous violence appears to have increased recruiting efforts of young fighters, minors who can easily be indoctrinated. (Associated Press)

U.S. youths recruited for Somali terror group al-Shabab, hearing told

The head of the largest Somali-American youth organization told Congress on Thursday that the United States faces "an uphill battle" in the fight against the Somalia-based al-Shabab terrorist network's active recruiting operations in American cities. Published October 3, 2013

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro visits the General Command of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Maduro announced the expulsion of U.S. charge d'affaires Kelly Keiderling and two other diplomats last Monday, accusing them of conspiring with "the extreme right" to sabotage the country's economy and power grid. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Expulsions from Venezuela show tensions endure in post-Chavez era

Tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats by Venezuela and the United States this week show there has been little thawing in the tense relations between the two nations — more than six months after the death of outspoken Washington critic President Hugo Chavez and a week after President Obama was willing to talk by phone with Iran's new president. Published October 2, 2013

During a meeting Monday with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "We have a saying in Hebrew, we call it 'mivchan hatotza'a.' You would say it in English, 'What's the bottom line?' And the bottom line, again, is that Iran fully dismantles its military nuclear program." (Associated press)

Netanyahu meets Obama at White House, shows support for nonmilitary Iran plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned the U.S. not to be fooled by Iran's recent openness toward negotiations with the West, but he also suggested for the first time that Israel could back a deal in which Iran proceeds with a nuclear program — as long as the program is not militarized. Published September 30, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his son outside their home in Habit village, the Syrian central province of Hama, Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013. (AP Photo)

U.N. votes to destroy Syrian chemical weapons stockpile

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Friday night to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons — putting the weight of previously divided world powers behind the recent deal between the U.S. and Russia to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad into giving up his chemical stockpile. Published September 27, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry had a rare one-on-one meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a meeting of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany during the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. (Associated Press)

U.N. reaches deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons; U.S. and Iran open talks

The U.N. Security Council's five permanent members reached an agreement Thursday to push through a resolution calling for the swift elimination of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, a key development in fast-paced day of diplomacy that also featured the highest-level U.S.-Iranian meeting in years. Published September 26, 2013