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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.

He can be reached at

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A B-52 bomber flies over the Pacific Ocean. (Image: U.S. Air Force) ** FILE **

U.S. B-52 bombers buzz China's expanded airspace as dispute with Japan escalates

In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday responded angrily to news that two U.S. B-52 bombers had flown over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands. Published November 26, 2013

** FILE ** Secretary of State John Kerry listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

John Kerry heads to Geneva for Iran nuclear negotiations

Secretary of State John F. Kerry departed Washington on a hastily scheduled trip to Geneva on Friday evening, as anticipation mounted over the possibility that a deal between the U.S., Iran and other world powers over Iran's disputed nuclear program may be imminent. Published November 22, 2013

Muslim students stand in the rubble of an Islamic seminary that was hit by a suspected U.S. drone strike in Hangu district in Pakistan on Thursday. If confirmed, the missile strike outside of the northwest tribal areas would be a rarity. (Associated Press)

Drone strike on Pakistani seminary reignites debate

A rare U.S. drone strike on an Islamic seminary outside Pakistan's tribal areas — where most past strikes have occurred — is fueling a heated international debate on the Obama administration's commitment to limiting civilian casualties. Published November 21, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Florida Republican, accompanied by Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Taking on tea party, Rubio warns of 'disengaged' foreign policy

Eager to set himself apart from tea party figures in his own party skeptical of U.S. interventions abroad, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warned Wednesday that it would be a grave "mistake" if the United States disengaged from world affairs during the years ahead. Published November 20, 2013

National Security Agency Deputy Director John C. Inglis testifies as the Senate Judiciary Committee questions top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. After NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing the NSA's monitoring of American's telephone records, Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation that would increase congressional oversight of the program.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top deputy defends NSA spying programs

The top deputy at the National Security Agency defended the organization's spying activities Tuesday, asserting that despite damaging leaks and media attention during recent months the agency's secretive operations exist only under close scrutiny from officials across the government. Published November 19, 2013

**FILE** Soldiers gather at a former camp for Islamic extremists near Marti, Nigeria, on June 5, 2013. Oil-rich Nigeria is threatened by the terrorist group Boko Haram. (Associated Press)

U.S. designates Nigerian Islamist group as terrorist organization

U.S. authorities officially has designated the shadowy Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, ending what has been a heated debate in the past year within the State Department on the status of the group, which is believed to have ties to al Qaeda affiliates in Africa. Published November 13, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry pauses during a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The talks failed to reach an agreement, but Mr. Kerry said Tehran and six world powers had made "significant progress." (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Kerry: Obama prepared to use force in Iran after nuclear talks collapse

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's carrot-and-stick approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying Sunday that the conciliatory strategy needs to be given a chance to work — while vowing that the U.S. is prepared to use force if necessary to keep the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear bomb. Published November 10, 2013

Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, right, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano shake hands next to IAEA deputy director general Tero Tapio Varjoranta, left, and Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Reza Najafi, right, prior a meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The meeting was held before agency experts meet Iranian diplomats in a renewed push to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear arms. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

Iran negotiator sees deal on nukes close

Iran's top nuclear negotiator claimed Thursday to be on the verge of a breakthrough deal with the U.S. and other world powers that would partially lift sanctions on the Islamic republic in exchange for Tehran agreeing to open its disputed nuclear program to close international scrutiny. Published November 7, 2013

Iranian protesters hold flags during an annual anti-American demonstration in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran sharply divided going into nuclear talks

With a highly anticipated third round of nuclear talks opening Thursday in Geneva, Iran appears sharply divided on whether it truly wants to work with world powers to resolve tensions that have long surrounded its disputed nuclear program. Published November 6, 2013

FILE - An undated file photo of Enrique Kiki Camarena, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, agent, murdered in Mexico in 1985. In the U.S., outrage grew over the surprise decision to overturn Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quinteros conviction for the 1985 slaying. Caro Quintero walked free Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, after a federal court overturned his 40-year sentence in Camarenas kidnapping, torture and murder. (AP Photo, File)

U.S. offers $5M in hunt for drug lord

The State Department set a $5 million reward Tuesday for information leading to the recapture of a once-notorious Mexican drug boss accused of masterminding the kidnapping and killing of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent three decades ago. Published November 5, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waits for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to arrive for their meeting at Villa Taverna, the US Ambassador's residence in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Claudio Peri, Pool)

Kerry praises international weapons inspectors for quick work in Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry lauded international weapons inspectors Thursday for working "with unprecedented speed" toward eliminating Syria's chemical weapons stocks in accordance with the recent pressure put on Syria by the U.S., Russia and other permanent members of the U.N. Securtiy Council to destroy the weapons. Published October 31, 2013

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