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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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White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, as he answered questions about IS. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House: Odds still iffy for nuclear deal with Iran

The Obama administration said Monday that the prospects for a successful nuclear deal with Iran are "fifty-fifty at best," despite reports that U.S. and Iranian negotiators moved closer over the weekend to a two-phase agreement that would allow Tehran to ramp up its nuclear activities over time after an initial clamp-down. Published February 23, 2015

Secretary John Kerry meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The White House is conveying a three-day summit to bring together local, federal, and international leaders to discuss steps the US and its partners can take to develop community-oriented approaches to counter extremist ideologies that radicalize, recruit and incite to violence. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Egypt's fight against Islamic State puts U.S. in 'tricky' situation over human rights

With Islamic State violence spreading rapidly into Libya, the Obama administration finds itself under increasing pressure to downplay human rights abuses carried out by the Egyptian government in favor of trumpeting Cairo as the next major Sunni Muslim Arab partner willing to take a military stand against the extremists. Published February 22, 2015

An Iranian man holds a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a rally commemorating the 36th anniversary of Islamic Revolution under Azadi Tower, Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Iran marked the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday with massive rallies, with many chanting against the U.S. and Israel as the country tries to reach a permanent deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran still evasive on explosive tests

In a new assessment that may complicate the ongoing Iran nuclear talks, the United Nation's atomic watchdog agency said Thursday that Iranian authorities still haven't addressed allegations that they carried out explosives tests and other activities that could have been aimed at developing a nuclear bomb. Published February 19, 2015

Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari from the All Progressives Congress party waves to his supporters in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Two of Nigeria's top diplomats vowed that their nation's postponed elections will occur March 28. (Associated Press)

Nigerian minister rejects U.S. criticism, vows to hold election

Two of Nigeria's top diplomats vowed Wednesday that their nation's postponed elections will occur March 28, and accused the Obama administration of promoting a false narrative that President Goodluck Jonathan is bent on using the security crisis around the terrorist group Boko Haram as a ruse to stay in power. Published February 18, 2015

Ukrainian government soldiers sat on their armored vehicle driving on a road away from the town of Artemivsk as separatists pushed deeper into Debaltseve.

Pro-Russia separatists ignore Ukraine cease-fire deadline, push deeper into Debaltseve

Russian-backed separatists kept up a barrage of shelling and made strategic territorial gains in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as a key cease-fire deadline came and went, triggering fresh speculation that Moscow hopes to carve out a land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula before Western powers take a military stand in the nation. Published February 17, 2015

Ukrainian government soldiers sit on top of their armored vehicle driving on a road stretching away from the town of Artemivsk, Ukraine, towards Debaltseve, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels failed Tuesday to start pulling back heavy weaponry from the front line in eastern Ukraine as a deadline passed to do so. Under a cease-fire agreement negotiated by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France last week, the warring sides were to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Top GOP senators blast Obama admin's waffling on arming Ukraine military

Two influential Republican national security hawks in the Senate hammered the Obama administration's failure to take a more aggressive posture toward the war in eastern Ukraine Tuesday, asserting that the White House should "immediately" authorize the shipment of U.S. weapons to the Ukrainian military. Published February 17, 2015

Egypt's government said its fighter jets pounded Islamic State camps and arms depots across the border in Libya, in the morning and in the afternoon, in response to a horrific video the terrorist group posted showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. (Associated Press)

Islamic State announces expansion into Libya with Egyptian Christians beheading video

As President Obama tries to contain the chaos in the Middle East, the Islamic State group is increasingly bent on expanding the battlefield into North Africa, where the extremist group's grisly beheadings of Egyptian Christians in Libya prompted a double wave of retaliatory airstrikes from Cairo on Monday. Published February 16, 2015

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany on Thursday emerged from marathon 16-hour talks to announce a comprehensive peace deal for eastern Ukraine. (Associated Press)

After marathon talks, European leaders broker Ukraine peace deal

The Obama administration on Thursday cautiously embraced the peace deal brokered by Germany and France to end Ukraine's civil war, despite critics who say Russia and the Ukrainian separatists it is backing got the better of the deal, solidifying their hold on disputed territory while delaying any expanded Western military role in the conflict. Published February 12, 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, fighters from the Free Syrian Army, left, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units, center, join forces to fight Islamic State group militants in Kobani, Syria. Kurdish fighters in Syria have ambitions to become the chief force fighting Islamic State group extremists in the country - building on their victory in Kobani to ally with moderate rebels and push the jihadis ever further. They tout the alliance as a gamechanger in the Syria war as well: the emergence of the effective moderate rebel force that the West has been looking to ally with all along. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin, File)

Despite months of airstrikes, Islamic State grows to size of Belgium

The Obama administration's top counterterrorism official said Wednesday that the number of foreign fighters traveling from the U.S. and other nations to join the Islamic State extremist movement in Syria and Iraq continues to grow — with some 20,000 fighters having flooded in from more than 90 countries in recent years. Published February 11, 2015

Lilian Tintori said her husband, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, has become the symbolic face of dozens of jailed opposition activists in Venezuela, and of a movement that won't die until there is "clear justice, a clear rule of law and human rights for all people" in the nation. (Associated Press)

Amid coup charges, Joe Biden meets Venezuelan opposition figures

Vice President Joseph R. Biden met Wednesday at the White House with the spouse of a jailed Venezuelan opposition leader just a week after the South American nation's president accused Mr. Biden of actively helping to plot a coup against him. Published February 11, 2015

Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, shows a tattoo of the word "Venezuela" on her wrist. Her incarcerated husband, seen by many as a political prisoner wrongfully jailed, has a matching one on his ankle. (associated press)

Political prisoner's wife begs Obama for help in Venezuela

The wife of Venezuela's highest-profile political prisoner pressed the Obama administration to do more to address the human rights crisis in her country, saying the opposition movement won't stop until there is "clear justice, a clear rule of law and human rights for all people." Published February 10, 2015

Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani says his country's relationship with the U.S. is on a positive trajectory and is stronger than it has been than at any other point since the Osama bin Laden raid in May 2011. (Associated Press)

Pakistani diplomat Jalil Abbas Jilani seeks increased U.S. pressure on India

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Pakistani diplomat in Washington says he is optimistic about prospects for peace in Afghanistan after the U.S. troop pullout, but asserts that the Obama administration could and should be doing more to foster peace in South Asia by pressuring India to embrace economic and counterterrorism overtures from Islamabad. Published February 8, 2015

People stand with their belongings as they leave there homes traveling by bus after recent fighting between Nigerian government forces and  Boko Haram militants in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Nigeria's electoral commission will postpone Feb. 14 presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure northeastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram, an official close to the commission told The Associated Press on Saturday.  (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Nigeria elections postponed following Boko Haram violence

Nigeria's government said Saturday it will postponed its Feb. 14 presidential election following a surge of violence by Boko Haram, as U.S. intelligence officials warned that the shadowy jihadist group has seized roughly 30 villages and towns over the past year and is now capable of going "toe-to-toe" with Nigerian military forces. Published February 7, 2015

Ukrainian forces have lost hundreds of square miles more than was agreed under the Minsk Protocol. U.S. and Ukrainian officials say separatists in the east are pushing to establish a land bridge from Russia's mainland to Crimea. (Associated Press)

Germany, France being led into 'trap' in Russia peace talks, Ukraine says

Ukraine's prime minister warned Thursday that the leaders of France and Germany were being led into a diplomatic "trap" as they headed to Moscow to push a peace plan for eastern Ukraine, as the Obama administration continued to struggle with the question of whether to provide U.S. weapons to aid the Ukrainian military's fight against Russia-backed separatists. Published February 5, 2015

John Kerry in Ukraine says U.S. 'does not seek a confrontation' with Russia

Secretary of State John F. Kerry is pushing a message to Russian leaders that Washington "does not seek a confrontation," despite reports that the Obama administration is carefully weighing whether to begin sending armor-piercing weapons to Ukrainian forces engaged in a growing war with Moscow-backed separatists. Published February 5, 2015