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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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Secretary of State John F. Kerry sits between Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (left) and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano during a meeting in Vienna, Austria.  (Associated Press)

White House defends stance as Iran talks face deadline

The Obama administration conceded Monday that international talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program will carry on indefinitely past this week's deadline for a final deal -- and pushed back at critics who accuse the president of making last-minute concessions out of desperation to get a deal. Published June 29, 2015

Samereh Alinejad, blindfolded and ready to be hanged, was slapped by the mother of the man he was convicted of murdering then pardoned by the victim's family. Iran executes hundreds of prisoners annually through an opaque legal system that human rights groups say also puts scores of political prisoners behind bars. (Associated Press)

Iran's record of human rights appalls international community

Many in Iran's political hierarchy are hoping that a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers will pave the way for the Islamic republic's full return to the international community, ending years of political isolation and economic sanctions. Published June 25, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said this month that a final nuclear deal is "within reach" as the Islamic republic and world powers face a June 30 deadline for an agreement, but he added that Iran won't allow its state "secrets" to be jeopardized. (Associated Press)

Iran nuclear deal clouded by long record of deception

Iran's long record of hiding its nuclear and military programs from outside inspectors is coming under fresh scrutiny as the U.S. and other world powers race to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal to curb Tehran's program and open its nuclear sites to closer international inspection. Published June 23, 2015

"There are still differences  but we are trying to finish the work as early as possible," said an optimistic Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Associated Press)

White House pressed to extend Iran nuclear talks deadline

The Obama administration is coming under increasing pressure from European allies to extend the deadline for an Iranian nuclear deal beyond June 30, a development that signals doubts about Tehran's willingness to bargain and complicates the U.S. president's relations with Congress on the talks. Published June 22, 2015

In this May 28, 2015 photo, members of the fast response police units, known as Halcones, detain a suspected gang member, who was found out of breath on a bed following a chase by police, in San Salvador, El Salvador. Observers blame the worsening insecurity on the breakdown of a 1.5-year-old truce between the gangs and the government. While the homicide rate plunged, critics say the truce gave the gangs time to strengthen, train and acquire heavier arms than they had in the past. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

U.S. citizens warned to stay alert in El Salvador amid violence

The State Department on Monday warned U.S. citizens traveling to El Salvador to take caution Monday amid reports that the Central American nation's murder rate has soared in recent months to its highest rate since the 1992 end of a violent civil war. Published June 22, 2015

Cell phone footage captures the moment two gunmen shoot and kill a police officer on a Paris street during an attack on magazine Charlie Hebdo.

U.S. admits global terrorist attacks up 35 percent

There was a 35 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide between 2013 and 2014 and the total number of people killed by terrorism jumped by more than 80 percent, according to the State Department's annual Country Reports on Terrorism released Friday. Published June 19, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. Kerry hosted five of his predecessors in a rare public reunion for the groundbreaking of a museum commemorating the achievements of American statesmanship. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sexual harassment complaints at State Department soar under Clinton, Kerry

In a disclosure that could have political implications for election campaigns, the State Department's chief watchdog reported Thursday that worker harassment complaints have nearly tripled inside the department during the tenures of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John F. Kerry -- but the department still doesn't have mandatory training for all employees. Published June 18, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview with the BBC, in Damascus, Syria, in this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

Assad steps up chemical attacks despite Obama pledge he rid Syria of weapons

The chemical weapons deal the Obama administration helped negotiate with Syria two years ago came under withering scrutiny Wednesday as Congress aired gruesome testimony of how the Assad regime has used chlorine barrel bombs in more than two dozen recent attacks on civilians -- leaving lawmakers in both parties frustrated by the president's claim to have rid the war-torn nation of chemical munitions. Published June 17, 2015

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, al Qaeda's No. 2 figure and leader of its powerful Yemeni affiliate, was killed in a U.S. strike, making it the harshest blow to the global militant network since the killing of Osama bin Laden. In question now is who is going to fill his role. (Associated Press)

Nasir al-Wuhayshi death by U.S. drone strike creates al Qaeda global leadership gap

The U.S. drone strike that killed the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- the global terrorist group's second-in-command -- is unlikely to slow the group's deadly operations in Yemen but is expected to have a deep and lasting effect on the struggling global operations of "al Qaeda prime" -- the core group that Osama bin Laden founded and led until his death in 2011. Published June 16, 2015

Nouri al-Maliki undermines U.S. interests in Iraq, plots return to power

Iraq's former prime minister is playing a critical, backroom role in undermining the Obama administration's push for a more inclusive government in Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials say, warning that Shiite hard-liner Nouri al-Maliki is still pulling the strings behind the scenes in a bid to return to power in the years ahead. Published June 15, 2015

The National Council of Resistance of Iran holds a boisterous rally each year in France with current and former U.S., European and Middle Eastern officials speaking out in support of regime change in Tehran. (Associated Press/File_

U.S. lawmakers join Iranian dissidents in France for giant regime change rally

In a sign that Iran's dissident movement isn't going away even as the U.S. and its partners eye a deal with Tehran, tens of thousands of Iranian opposition exiles gathered in France for an annual rally demanding regime change in Iran and condemning President Obama's push to sign a nuclear accord with the Islamic republic. Published June 13, 2015

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, says Western powers stand "against the Iranian people's will." (Associated Press)

Khamenei regime legitimized by Obama nuclear talks, Iranian dissidents say

Days before a major Iranian dissident rally in France, the head of the host organization says the "circumstances are ripe for regime change" in Tehran, but Washington and other Western governments are standing in the way by legitimizing the regime of Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei through the pursuit of a nuclear deal. Published June 11, 2015

Iraqi parliament speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, speaks about the Friday attack on the Musab bin Omair Mosque, which killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Al-Jabouri said an investigation is underway into the attack on the Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village, northeast of Baghdad. If the attack proves to have been carried out by Shiite militiamen it would deal a major blow to  prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi efforts to reach out to the country's Sunni minority, whose grievances are seen as fueling the Islamic State insurgency. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Baghdad eyes formation of National Guard to fight Islamic State

A top Iraqi Sunni politician said Monday his nation's parliament is close to voting on legislation to create a National Guard to formalize the role of Sunni tribal militias in the fight against the Islamic State — an initiative the Obama administration has been pushing for nearly a year. Published June 8, 2015

Cuban President Raul Castro (center) listens as President Obama delivers his speech to world leaders at the VII Summit of the Americas' opening plenary April 11 in Panama City, Panama. (Associated Press)

Cuba trade embargo fate hinges on Havana human rights progress

President Obama's policy shift on Cuba could soon lead to the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana, but analysts and congressional insiders say it could be years before the decades-old embargo on trade with the communist island is lifted, despite mounting pressure from U.S. business groups. Published June 8, 2015

Saudi Arabia's Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A Pakistan envoy said his nation is eager for the U.S. to reach a nuclear accord with Iran so sanctions on Tehran can be lifted, but denied charges that Islamabad might provide nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia (Associated Press)

Pakistan envoy denies any nuclear aid for Saudis

Pakistan's top diplomat said Thursday his nation is eager for the U.S. and its allies to reach a nuclear accord with Iran so sanctions on Tehran can be lifted, while vehemently denying charges that Islamabad might provide nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia to counter Iranian aggression in the region. Published June 4, 2015

Manned by a single career diplomat and three contractors inside State Department headquarters in Washington, the "Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran" effort has grown since its 2011 inception to include multiple blogs, Instagram, Google Plus and Twitter accounts, as well as the Farsi-language Facebook page. (Facebook)

'Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran' helps U.S. connect with Iranians on Facebook

While full diplomatic relations with Iran remain a distant dream of the Obama administration, a small clutch of American officials have spent the past three years quietly building a "Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran" that now boasts more than a half-million Facebook fans and a digital footprint that sources say is read even by hard-liners in the Islamic republic. Published June 3, 2015

President Obama said he will not sign a nuclear agreement with Iran unless it's verifiable, and he tried to downplay concerns that Tehran would use its extra cash from the end of international sanctions to finance more terrorism. (Associated Press)

Obama deal in jeopardy as Iran nuclear fuel stockpile grows

The White House scrambled Tuesday to try to limit the damage from reports from a U.N. watchdog group that Iran nuclear fuel stockpiles are growing, revelations that could put a nuclear accord with Tehran by this summer in doubt. Published June 2, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva on May 30, 2015. Top U.S. and Iranian diplomats are gathering in Geneva this weekend, hoping to bridge differences over a nuclear inspection accord and economic sanctions on Tehran. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama admin dismisses reports of Iran hoarding nuclear fuel

The White House is downplaying the latest report from a United Nations watchdog that Iran's stockpile of nuclear fuel has grown by roughly 20 percent over the past 18 months and not been "frozen" during that period as the Obama administration has previously claimed. Published June 2, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is carried out of a medical helicopter to board a US military C-17 transport aircraft, at Geneva Airport, Switzerland, Monday, June 1, 2015. Kerry, 71, fractured his right femur Sunday when he struck a curb with his bicycle and fell on a regular Tour de France route near Geneva. He has been receiving treatment at Geneva's main medical center, HUG.  Kerry's orthopedic surgeon will accompany him on the flight from Geneva to the United States for treatment of Kerry's broken leg, the State Department said Monday. (Jean- Christophe  Bott/Keystone via AP)

John Kerry's injury casts pall over Iran nuclear negotiations

Secretary of State John F. Kerry's broken leg in a cycling accident raised questions Monday about the fate of nuclear talks with Iran, with White House officials acknowledging that Mr. Kerry won't be able to keep up his usual demanding schedule as negotiators race an end-of-the-month deadline. Published June 1, 2015