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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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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks outside the hotel during a break after a bilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for a new round of Nuclear Talks with Iran, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

Iran says U.S. and allies lack 'political will' for final nuclear deal

In a sign that a nuclear deal may be further off than the Obama administration is willing to admit, Iranian negotiators said Wednesday that they are holding out for a complete end to sanctions and accused the U.S. and its allies of lacking the “political will” to go along. And officials in Tehran are already trying pin the blame for failure on the Obama administration. Published April 1, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry (second from left) and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (left) take a walk during a break in talks on Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland. The U.S. and five allies have been meeting with Iranian negotiators for days in a last-ditch try to hammer out the blueprint for a final deal by the end of June. (Associated Press)

Iran talks in overtime as nuclear deal proves elusive

Blowing through a self-imposed deadline, negotiators from Iran, the U.S. and five allied powers labored into the night trying to hammer out an outline toward a final deal to curb Iran's nuclear programs, but Obama administration officials said talks will carry on into Wednesday in the hope that a stalemate can be broken on "several difficult issues." Published March 31, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attends a meeting of Arab heads of state, in Sharm el Sheik, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. El-Sissi endorsed a resolution adopted by Arab foreign ministers on Thursday for the creation of an Arab military force, saying the Arab world was currently facing unprecedented threats. He also described as “inevitable” the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. (AP Photo/MENA, Mohammed Samaha)

U.S. restores military aid to Egypt, cites national security

The U.S. will restore military aid to Egypt, delivering F-16s and M1A1 Abrams tank kits that the Obama administration suspended in 2013, following the Egyptian government's crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Published March 31, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, gestures as he takes a break from the latest round of talks on Iran's nuclear program Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland. "We are working late into the night and obviously into tomorrow," Mr. Kerry said. "Everyone knows the meaning of tomorrow." (Associated Press)

Obama surrendered leverage in Iran nuke talks by easing sanctions, critics say

U.S. and Iranian negotiators struggled to clinch a nuclear deal as Tuesday's self-imposed deadline drew ever nearer, even as critics said the White House already had given up a key point of leverage by easing pressure on Iran's economy in the months leading up to a prospective deal. Published March 30, 2015

Arab heads of state meet as King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, seen on screen, speaks, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Embattled Yemeni President Abdel Rabbo Mansour Hadi called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "stooges of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic republic for the chaos there and demanding that airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. Saudi King Salman has vowed that the military intervention in Yemen will not stop until the country is stable. (Associated Press)

Arab League to forge NATO-like military alliance of Sunni powers

Seeking to combat threats from Iran and the Shiite rebels it is supporting in the Middle East, Arab leaders meeting in the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, agreed in principle Sunday to forge a NATO-like alliance of Sunni powers to engage in regional military action with or without leadership from the U.S. Published March 29, 2015

Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, frets that the Obama administration is willing to negotiate the release of spies or terrorists. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Ed Royce: Stakes are high in Nigeria vote Saturday

The top House Republican on foreign policy says the stakes are high in this weekend's presidential election in Nigeria — the largest economy in Africa — where the contest between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari stands to impact the future of democracy across the continent. Published March 27, 2015

Houthi Shiite fighters (background) patrol as their comrades attend the funeral procession of victims who were killed from triple suicide bombings that hit a pair of mosques in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Saudis lead Arab attack on Yemeni rebels; Iran proxy war looms

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shiite rebel forces in Yemen, responding to distress calls from the U.S.-backed Yemeni president who was fleeing the country in the face of relentless advances by the rebels. Published March 25, 2015

A Houthi Shiite rebel with Yemen's flag painted on his face chants slogans during a rally to show support for the leader of rebels, Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, in Sanaa, Yemen. (Associated Press)

Yemen chaos leaves U.S. intel in the dark on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Yemen's descent into political chaos makes it the latest Mideast nation too dangerous for U.S. officials to operate in — a development intelligence sources say will dangerously limit America's ability to track and target al Qaeda and other extremist terror movements in the region. Published March 24, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama's chief of staff slams Benjamin Netanyahu's comments in J-Street speech

President Obama's chief of staff said Monday that the administration remains deeply troubled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent comments against Palestinian statehood and asserted that the White House will continue to push a two-state Mideast peace process agenda regardless of who holds power in Jerusalem. Published March 23, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves the hotel Beau-Rivage Palace after 5 days of bilateral meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry  during a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, March 20, 2015.  (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

Obama clings to 'preposterous argument' on Iran: Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman

A top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says the Obama administration is clinging to a "preposterous argument" if it thinks Iranian leaders can be trusted to stick by the weapons-barring rules of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty after economic sanctions on Iran are lifted. Published March 20, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, arrives to attend a biannual meeting of the assembly in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Iran's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's supreme leader has elected a hard-line ayatollah as its new chairman, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. IRNA said Mohammad Yazdi, the deputy chairman of the 86-member Assembly of Experts, got 47 votes in his favor from among 73 clerics who attended the session. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Democrats join fight against Obama's nuclear deal with Iran as details emerge

Bipartisan resistance to the Obama administration's push for a nuclear deal with Iran surged on Capitol Hill on Thursday, even as details emerged about a potential agreement that would allow Tehran to retain up to 6,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges while getting immediate relief from international economic sanctions. Published March 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's fervent criticism of the Obama administration's pursuit of an Iran nuclear deal is likely to continue to strain Israel's alliance with Washington. (Associated Press)

Benjamin Netanyahu win forces Obama to re-evaluate Middle East peace strategy

Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu's decisive election win triggered a sharp reaction Wednesday from the Obama White House, which skipped the customary congratulations to warn that the Israeli leader's eleventh-hour campaign promise to block the creation of a Palestinian state has forced the administration to re-evaluate its overall strategy toward the Middle East peace process. Published March 18, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Likud party supporters react to exit poll results at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv.Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Israelis are voting in early parliament elections following a campaign focused on economic issues such as the high cost of living, rather than fears of a nuclear Iran or the Israeli-Arab conflict. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election

The election turned out to be a nail-biter, but conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday appeared likely to have pulled in enough last-minute votes to defy the polls and hang on to his job. Published March 17, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu in trouble in Israel elections as economy trumps Iran

Despite the buzz generated by his Iran speech to Congress last week, polls show Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is increasingly likely to be ousted in elections Tuesday by voters who say he overplayed the threat from the Islamic republic while ignoring economic problems closer to home. Published March 11, 2015

Zhang Chunxian, the Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang province, claimed Tuesday that an unspecified number of Uighurs have "fled overseas and joined the Islamic State." "We have also found that some who fought returned to Xinjiang to participate in terrorist plots," Mr. Zhang said. (Associated Press)

China warns that Uighurs joining Islamic State fight are bringing terror home

A key Chinese official claimed Tuesday that ethnic Uighurs who once fought with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have returned with plots to attack China, an assertion that quickly drew scrutiny in Washington but underscored the increasingly global reach of the extremist outfit that has drawn more foreign fighters than any other jihadi movement in decades. Published March 10, 2015