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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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Ras Lanuf is home to oil refineries and storage facilities in Libya. Islamic State militants on Monday set a storage tank ablaze as they pushed eastward into the "oil crescent." (Associated Press)

Islamic State's thirst for oil highlighted by attacks in Libya

The Islamic State's main branch in Libya launched attacks Monday near a key oil export terminal on the Mediterranean, the latest in a growing offensive that national security sources say underscores the terrorist group's desire to seize lucrative territory in the war-torn North African nation to fund its global ambitions. Published January 4, 2016

Iraqi Shiite protesters chant slogans against the Saudi government as they hold posters showing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in Saudi Arabia last week, during a demonstration in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Demonstrations against the al-Nimr execution and Saudi Arabia are also being called for in the predominantly Shiite southern cities on Monday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Obama admin treads lightly amid Iran-Saudi friction

The Obama administration responded cautiously Monday to growing friction between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as regional tensions continued to soar around the Sunni kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and the subsequent sacking of the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Published January 4, 2016

With a total annual budget of roughly $730 million for the government's international media operations, the U.S. is "spending a small fraction of what our adversaries are spending," said Jeff Shell, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. (Associated Press)

Russian, Chinese propaganda muffling U.S. government's message to world

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The U.S. government's international media operations grossly lack funding to counter effectively the rising global blitz of state-sponsored propaganda from Russia, China and other rivals, says the head of the federal board that oversees such Washington-financed outlets as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America. Published January 3, 2016

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Sept. 30, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Spying report stirs anger in U.S., silence in Israel

The Obama White House found itself playing defense Wednesday amid rising anger from lawmakers and Republican presidential rivals over a report that President Obama authorized spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other U.S. allies, snooping that may have swept up private conversations involving members of Congress and private U.S. pro-Israel groups. Published December 30, 2015

In a strategic and symbolic victory, soldiers raise Iraqi national flags at the government complex in central Ramadi on Monday after retaking it from the Islamic State. Militants occupied the capital of Anbar province since May. (Associated Press)

Iraq scores victory in Ramadi, drives Islamic State from downtown

After months of training with U.S. advisers, Iraq's military scored a key and symbolic victory Monday by driving the Islamic State from a central clutch of government buildings in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, although major challenges lie ahead as the terrorist group still holds vital pockets of the city. Published December 28, 2015

As Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the headquarters of RT, U.S. lawmakers are concerned how Moscow has brought about a propaganda revolution in which America's government-financed news operations have remained largely stagnant in global reach. (Associated Press)

Russia propaganda machine gains on U.S.

Russia has reorganized and intensified its international propaganda machine so effectively over the past decade that some Western lawmakers and diplomats say Washington now is badly losing a global messaging war to the increasingly modernized blitz of anti-U.S. content from Moscow-backed news operations. Published December 27, 2015

A Bosnian police officer secures an area in a Sarajevo suburb as authorities look for 15 people suspected of being in "close contact" with the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Islamic State targets Balkans as next recruitment hotspot

The arrest in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday of at least 11 people suspected of ties to the Islamic State has underscored growing concerns among U.S. and European intelligence officials that the Balkans region of southeastern Europe is emerging as the next big target of opportunity for the jihadi terrorist group. Published December 22, 2015

Behind the scenes, the White House is embracing a strategy that would leave the Syria President Bashar Assad in place as the world unites against a greater immediate threat from Islamic State terrorists. (Associated Press)

Obama yields to Russia and Iran, puts Assad ouster on back burner

Publicly, the Obama administration says it still believes Bashar Assad must be ousted, but behind the scenes the White House is embracing a strategy that would leave the Syrian leader in place as the world unites against a greater immediate threat from Islamic State terrorists. Published December 21, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Divisions persist over Assad's fate as Obama pushes Syria peace talks

Having apparently abandoned demands for the immediate departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Obama administration will push anew Friday for international powers -- including key Assad allies Russia and Iran -- to back peace talks aimed at ending the country's bloody 4-year-old, multifront civil war. Published December 16, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Saudi announcement could result in "greater involvement in the campaign to combat ISIL by Sunni-Arab countries." (Associated Press)

U.S. cautiously optimistic about Saudi coalition to fight terror

Saudi Arabia's announcement of a coalition of predominantly Muslim nations to fight the "disease" of Islamist terrorism drew an optimistic response from Washington on Tuesday despite uncertainty over the alliance's true focus and goals. Published December 15, 2015

This still image made from video released by the U.S. Central Command on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, shows a structure in Tall Al Qitar, Syria moments after a U.S. airstrike. In three waves of nighttime attacks launched over four hours early on Tuesday, the U.S. and its Arab partners made more than 200 airstrikes against roughly a dozen militant targets in Syria. (AP Photo/US Central Command)

U.S. has mapped ISIS hiding spots, but won't launch strikes for fear of civilian deaths

In a secret project tied to the overall U.S. campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence officials have spent months mapping out known physical locations of media safe houses where the extremist group's operatives are compiling, editing and curating raw video and print materials into finished digital propaganda products for dissemination across the Internet. Published December 14, 2015

Rep. Edward R. Royce, California Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ed Royce says Obama 'whitewashing' Iran bomb-making program

The top House Republican on foreign policy says the Obama administration is trying to "whitewash" Iran's history of nuclear bomb research by pressuring the U.N.'s atomic watchdog agency to formally end its probe into the "possible military dimensions" of the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities. Published December 11, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, walks with White House senior advisor Brian Deese, left, and US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, centre, to attend a meeting with French Foreign Minister  Laurent Fabius during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris, on Thursday  Dec. 10, 2015. (Mandel Ngan Pool via AP)

Kerry praises Syrian opposition gathering but divisions remain

Secretary of State John F. Kerry praised the "positive outcome" of a Syrian opposition conference in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, despite evidence of deep and ongoing divisions among rival rebel factions over the prospect of a future peace negotiation with the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published December 10, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks in Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, during an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment that abolished slavery. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama ignoring Iran's missile tests, senators claim

Two hawkish Republican senators are pushing the Obama White House to clarify how it intends to respond to two ballistic missile tests carried out by Iran over the past two months -- one of which was declared by the administration to have been a "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council resolution banning such tests. Published December 9, 2015

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius wants clear messages from the West to counter Russian propaganda in the Eastern bloc. (Associated Press)

Lithuanian foreign minister says Russian propaganda fills void from West

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Lithuania and other Eastern bloc nations are craving a clear and decisive message of support from the United States, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pushes the limits of NATO's resolve and moves to fill "gaps of influence" created by the West's failure to defend its interests and international law, Lithuania's top diplomat warned Tuesday. Published December 8, 2015

FILE - In this file photo released on Sunday, June 28, 2015, by a website of Islamic State militants, an Islamic State militant waves his group's flag as he and another celebrate in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad.The Islamic State’s gruesome rampage across the Middle East has united the world in horror but left it divided over how to refer to the group, with observers adopting different acronyms based on their translation of an archaic geographical term and the extent to which they want to needle the group. (Militant website via AP, File)

ISIS, al Qaeda are 'winning': Study

The U.S. should engage in a dramatic revamping of the post-9/11 global war on terror, according to a new study published Monday in Washington that says major gains during recent years by both al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and South Asia indicate the "extremists are no longer on the run and arguably are winning." Published December 7, 2015