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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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In 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood briefly was elected democratically to power in Egypt before its leader, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted from power. (Associated press)

How to deal with Muslim Brotherhood triggers Trump White House infighting

President Trump has -- for the time being -- put on the back burner an executive order designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials close to a heated debate inside the administration over the status of the global Islamist movement. Published March 27, 2017

The Pentagon pushed back against reports that an aggressive string of recent U.S. military sorties have killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria. Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly has been weighing a loosening of restrictions on U.S. airstrikes that the Obama administration kept in place in war against the Islamic State in Iraq, current and former U.S. officials have said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Pentagon defends targeting as reports of civilian death tolls rise

The Pentagon on Monday pushed back against reports that an aggressive string of recent U.S. military sorties have killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria, even as a former senior-level Defense Department policy adviser said the Trump White House has unofficially "opened the aperture" for riskier strikes as part of a more aggressive campaign against the terror group. Published March 27, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), won roughly 40 percent of the vote in Germany's western state of Saarland, which is considered a bellwether state. The CDU victory suggests Mrs. Merkel's hold on power is stronger than some predicted. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Merkel's party had strong showing in regional vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party cruised to victory Sunday in a regional election that analysts say was an early test of whether she will face any serious challenge when she pursues a fourth term as Europe's most dominant political leader in September. Published March 26, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during his meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Tillerson reverses course, will attend NATO meeting and visit Turkey

Rex Tillerson will travel to Brussels to meet NATO foreign ministers at the end of next week, department officials said Friday, days after Democrats sharply criticized the secretary of state over reports that he planned to skip a NATO ministerial meeting. Published March 24, 2017

In this photo released by official website of the Iranian Presidency on Monday, March 20, 2017, President Hassan Rouhani poses for a portrait in a session to deliver a message for the Iranian New Year, Iran. Nowruz, a festival to celebrate the new Persian year starts with the spring. Iranians follow the Persian solar year, and this year, they begin the year 1396. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Russia-Iran ties could be factor as Trump eyes new sanctions for Tehran

The Trump administration is close to announcing a new slate of economic sanctions aimed at containing Iran's ballistic missile activities, a day after senators introduced bipartisan legislation to expand such measures, as well as those targeting Iranian human rights abuses and support for terrorism. Published March 24, 2017

People walk past a souvenir stall on Westminster Bridge after it was re-opened to the public Thursday, March 23, 2017, following an attack on Wednesday when a man drove a car into pedestrians then stabbed a police officer to death before being fatally shot by police within Parliament's grounds. The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said Thursday that the person who carried out the "attack in front of the British parliament in London was a soldier of the Islamic State." (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Khalid Masood identified as London attacker

Khalid Masood has been identified as the London attacker who went on a rampage outside Parliament and killed three before he was shot dead by police. Published March 23, 2017

The attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday was treated by emergency services but died as a result of gunshot wounds from city police. Authorities say they are treating the incident "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise." (Associated Press)

Homegrown strain of radical Islam haunts London in wake of attack outside Parliament

The attack outside Britain's Parliament Wednesday came amid a yearslong struggle by British authorities to contain a small but persistent strain of Islamic extremism promoted by a clutch of radical preachers, including one who was sentenced in September for encouraging young men to join the Islamic State group. Published March 22, 2017

Iraqi forces are advancing against Islamic State militants in Mosul as representatives from 68 countries fighting the terrorist group converge on Washington for a two-day summit to discuss the road ahead. (Associated Press)

Multinational summit to test Trump's approach to Islamic State fight

The Trump administration will make its debut at large-scale multinational diplomacy Wednesday as representatives from 68 countries in the anti-Islamic State coalition converge on Washington for a two-day summit to discuss strategy and the road ahead. Published March 21, 2017

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, waves to supporters as he leaves after a campaign gathering in Metz, eastern France, Sunday, March 12, 2017. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was in France Sunday to whip up support for controversial constitutional reforms to expand the powers of the Turkish presidency. (AP Photo/Elyxandro Cegarra)

Kurdish activists blocked from Turkish minister's D.C. briefing

Acrimony between the Turkey's government and Kurdish activists was on full display at the National Press Club Tuesday, when the organization hosting an event with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu prevented two individuals from attending the event. Published March 21, 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sees the United States "more engaged" in the fight against the Islamic State under President Trump. (Associated Press)

Iraq's prime minister sees U.S. 'more engaged' in terror fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on the United States and other allies to "stay focused" in the fight against Islamic State Monday, saying he sees a new willingness in the Trump administration to take a more direct role in the fight not just to contain but to defeat the terror group. Published March 20, 2017

Spokesman of Saudi-led coalition Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi general says Trump admin vows support against Iran

A top military general from Saudi Arabia says Riyadh has secured a commitment from the Trump administration to significantly increase U.S. intelligence sharing and defense cooperation against Iran-backed proxy militias and other Iranian meddling across the the Middle East. Published March 17, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, as the first stop of his tour to Asia, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP)

State Secretary Tillerson takes only one reporter to Asia

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sent frustration coursing anew through the diplomatic press corps this week by handpicking a single digital news reporter to travel with him to Asia after refusing to allow anyone from major news outlets that regularly cover the State Department a seat on his airplane. Published March 15, 2017

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui (left) met with Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Monday and has meetings scheduled with other top officials this week. (Associated Press)

Tunisian diplomat seeks outreach with Trump administration

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Tunisia's top diplomat says the Trump administration should "reach out more" to the tiny North African nation for collaboration against the evolving threat posed by the Islamic State -- and to bolster the fragile island of democracy Tunisians are struggling to uphold in the Arab world. Published March 13, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the longest-serving democratically elected leader in western Europe, will meet this week with President Trump, who officials say is interested in listening to her ideas. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump looks to ease tensions with Germany's Merkel

The White House will attempt to put a positive spin on U.S.-German relations this week when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington for her first personal encounter with President Trump, after months of disagreements over trade, immigration and Mr. Trump's criticism of the news media. Published March 12, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson will host representatives of the 68 nations in the anti-Islamic State coalition in the Trump administration's first try at multinational diplomacy. The effort may be complicated due to the absence of Russia and Iran from the effort. (Associated Press)

Tillerson to host Trump's antiterror alliance summit

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson will attempt to infuse new energy into the vast international coalition battling the Islamic State later this month by hosting senior officials from the 68 countries in the Trump administration's first major stab at multinational diplomacy. Published March 9, 2017