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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 [email protected].

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In this Jan. 17, 2016, file photo, President Obama speaks about the release of Americans by Iran, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

U.S. payment of $1.7 billion to Iran made entirely in cash

Several top Republican lawmakers expressed outrage Wednesday as the Obama administration revealed how it flew planeloads of $1.7 billion in cash early this year to Iran as part of a deal to secure the Islamic republic's release of four American prisoners. Published September 7, 2016

Republicans are accusing President Obama of keeping Congress in the dark on critical provisos of the Iran deal reached last summer. (Associated Press)

U.S., allies offered secret concessions to Iran in nuclear deal

The Obama administration and its allies cut a "secret" agreement allowing Iran to evade key restrictions under last year's nuclear deal so Tehran would be able to receive major sanctions relief by the deal's deadline, according to a report Thursday that put the White House on the defensive again about the controversial deal. Published September 1, 2016

The Islamic State-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo." (Associated Press)

U.S. and Russia both claim they killed top ISIS commander

Disagreement between Washington and Moscow over who actually killed a top Islamic State commander widened Wednesday, with the Pentagon pushing back against Russia's claim that a Russian airstrike -- not an American one -- successfully targeted Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, one of the founding members of the brutal jihadi movement. Published August 31, 2016

This frame grab from Tuesday, January 12, 2016 video by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. The 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after their two small boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territorial waters around one of Iran's Persian Gulf islands a day earlier have been freed, the United States and Iran said Wednesday. (IRIB News Agency via AP)

Confrontations reveal Obama's nuclear deal having little effect on Iran's behavior

A pair of dangerously close encounters between the Iranian and U.S. navies in the Persian Gulf this week have raised fresh questions about Tehran's intentions, a year after Obama administration officials hoped the much-touted nuclear deal would moderate the behavior of the Islamic republic and its military. Published August 25, 2016

Nigeria reports Boko Haram leader killed in airstrike as John Kerry arrives

Nigeria reported Tuesday that the leader of Boko Haram and several of his top commanders were killed or wounded in an airstrike, just as Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in the West African nation with a message that military action alone won't break the terrorist outfit's grip on the region. Published August 23, 2016

In this file photo of Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, Dr. Riek Machar, then-vice president of the Government of South Sudan, presides over an all-southern-parties meeting in Juba, Sudan South. Sudan's rebel leader Machar  has fled the country, a spokesman for his party said Thursday, Aug. 18. 2016. (AP Photo/Pete Muller-file)

South Sudan's deposed vice president flees, leaving fragile peace deal in limbo

South Sudan's deposed vice president, now the leader of a rebel group fighting the government, has fled the East African nation, throwing the viability of the fledgling country further into doubt just a few years after it was touted as one of the Obama administration's top foreign policy triumphs. Published August 18, 2016

South Korean Army soldiers prepare to fire 105mm howitzers during an exercise in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan's territorial waters, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea fires midrange missile into Japanese waters

A ballistic missile fired by North Korea landed in waters controlled by Japan on Wednesday, sparking an angry reaction from Tokyo, where military officials warned this week of the growing nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang. Published August 3, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lashing out Tuesday at Amnesty International said his government has "zero tolerance toward torture." (Associated Press)

Turkish president accuses U.S., EU allies of taking sides of coup plotters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the Obama administration and its European allies Tuesday, accusing the West of supporting terrorism and taking sides with coup plotters, and claiming that the attempted overthrow of his government by a portion of the military last month was scripted by foreign forces. Published August 2, 2016

Libyan security forces stand in front of the security headquarters, one showing his weapon with a Libyan flag, in the western city of Sabratha, Libya, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. American fighter-bombers struck an Islamic State militant training camp in rural Libya near Sabratha Friday, killing dozens. Serbian officials say two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage since November are believed to have been killed in the airstrikes. Washington and its European allies are seeking to end the interminable divisions among Libyan factions to form a unity government that the West can support in fighting the jihadis. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

U.S. launches ISIS airstrikes in Libya

U.S. forces have begun a series of "precision airstrikes" against the Islamic State's main branch in Libya, the Pentagon said Monday, signaling an expansion of American military action against the group, whose footprint has spread into North Africa over the past year. Published August 1, 2016

Tunisian and French officials say Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was not previously known to intelligence services in either nation, although he had a petty criminal record in Nice, where he had been living since about 2005. (Associated Press)

Nice, France, Bastille Day truck attacker was 'radicalized very quickly'

Authorities detained seven people over the weekend in a probe of Thursday's attack that killed 84 people, but officials were still scrambling Sunday to figure out whether the truck driver who plowed through Bastille Day crowds acted alone or as part of a terrorist cell. Published July 17, 2016

The plate of the interphone shows the name of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel outside the building where he lived in Nice, southern France, Saturday, July 16, 2016. The man responsible for turning a night of celebration into one of carnage in the seaside city of Nice was a petty criminal who hadn't been on the radar of French intelligence services before the attack.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

ISIS claims responsibility for Bastille Day attack in Nice

NICE, France -- The Islamic State claimed responsibility Saturday for the attack that killed at least 84 people in this southern French city, as authorities scrambled to determine whether attacker acted on an order from the terrorist group or may have been inspired by its extremist propaganda. Published July 16, 2016

A woman puts flowers near the scene where a truck mowed through revelers in Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016.  A large truck mowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing more than 80 people and sending people fleeing into the sea as it bore down for more than a mile along the Riviera city's famed waterfront promenade. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Macabre scene: Nice reels as officials probe deadly Bastille Day truck terror attack

A blanket of shock, sadness and fear hung thick in the air here Friday, as residents and tourists struggled to comprehend the horror that left 84 people, including an American father and son, dead on Thursday night when a large truck mowed down crowds of Bastille Day revelers along the city's vast beachfront promenade. Published July 15, 2016

Forensic officers work at the scene of the truck attack that targeted Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France, on Friday. (Associated Press)

At least 80 killed in Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France

France's national holiday turned bloody and violent Thursday night in the southern resort city of Nice, as a weapons-laden truck drove through crowds of Bastille Day revelers for more than a mile in an attack the French president labeled as terrorism. Published July 14, 2016