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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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Army: Bergdahl returned to active duty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday, a development that one key lawmaker said keeps open the possibility that he may be charged in a military court martial with deserting his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. Published July 14, 2014

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Associated Press/File)

Germany demands ouster of U.S. spy chief

The German government has taken the eye-opening step of formally requesting that the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin leave the nation, amid ongoing friction between Washington and German authorities over eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency. Published July 10, 2014

Israeli missile strikes in Gaza on Tuesday could be the start of a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled territory. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed for calm, and President Obama wrote an op-ed calling for a "comprehensive negotiated settlement." (Associated Press)

Obama backs Israel's strikes on Hamas after assault on civilians

Rising tensions in the Gaza Strip have put President Obama's sometimes rocky relationship with Israel back in the spotlight and afforded the administration an opportunity to back a growing military crackdown on Hamas for its spate of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. Published July 8, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is shown in a video delivering a sermon Friday at the Grand Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. His sudden public appearance after years of building and running his militant operations from hideouts suggests growing confidence in his security. (Associated Press)

ISIL leader emerges in sign of bravado as Iraqi government flounders

U.S. intelligence officials confirmed Monday that the shadowy leader of a Sunni terrorist group wreaking havoc in Iraq made a rare public appearance in Mosul last week — a display that signals the militants' growing confidence in their gains even as the country's divided political blocs failed to reach consensus on a new government to counter the al Qaeda-inspired extremists. Published July 7, 2014

A burned Iraqi army vehicle on a street after clashes between followers of Shiite cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi and ISIL in Karbala. (Associated Press)

Pentagon draws red line on Iraqi attack

The Pentagon came as close as it has to date on Thursday to identifying a red line that would need to be crossed for the Obama administration to justify an aggressive U.S. military attack on the al Qaeda-inspired extremists who have declared a new Islamic state spanning the border between Syria and Iraq. Published July 3, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take their position along the front line with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Demonstrating their growing independence from the rest of Iraq, the largely autonomous Kurdish regional government is setting up dirt barriers that it hopes ultimately will set the borders of a future state. (Associated Press)

Iraqi Kurds seek independence but with voice in Baghdad

Top Kurdish officials walked a rhetorical tightrope Wednesday, telling a Washington audience that they are pushing for an independent state while not closing off ties with the embattled central government in Baghdad, as Iraq's prime minister warned that al Qaeda-inspired militants posed a threat to every country in the region. Published July 2, 2014

Exiled Iranians gathered in Villepinte, France, to listen to Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. (Associated Press)

Rally of strange bedfellows : To change Iran, U.S. group backs former 'terrorists'

An array of high-level former U.S. officials, both Democrats and Republicans, were in France over the weekend calling for regime change in Iran and throwing their collective weight behind an Iranian dissident group once designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Published June 29, 2014

In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters of the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, more than two weeks after ISIL took over the country's second largest city. (AP Photo)

Iraq's crisis threatens to turn into regional war

Iraq's sectarian crisis is threatening to evolve into a regional war as Washington's two main adversaries in the Middle East — Syria and Iran — mount a military response to Sunni extremists who have seized swaths of Iraqi territory over the past three weeks. Published June 26, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

House intel chief: Obama ignored Iraq warnings

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he and other lawmakers were briefed more than a year ago on the dangers of the al Qaeda-inspired group now wreaking havoc in Iraq, accusing President Obama of a "policy failure" in failing to prevent their advances. Published June 25, 2014

Members of an Iraqi volunteer force put on their newly issued boots in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has put on hold plans for a counteroffensive to retake Iraqi cities captured by Sunni insurgents in the north and west of the country, instead deploying elite forces in Baghdad to bolster its defenses. (Associated Press photographs)

Kurdish leader cites 'new reality' in Iraq, meets with Kerry

Secretary of State John F. Kerry extended his sweep through Iraq Tuesday, stopping in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, where a top Kurdish leader warned that a recent advance of Sunni extremists has created "a new reality and a new Iraq." Published June 24, 2014

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, right, shakes hands for photographers with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Irbil on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The president of Iraq’s ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq” as the country’s Shiite-led government considers new leadership as an immediate step to curb a Sunni insurgent rampage. The comments by Barzani came as he met with Kerry, who is pushing the central government in Baghdad to at least adopt new policies that would give more authorities to Iraq’s minority Sunnis and Kurds.(AP Photo/ Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Kerry pushes back against independent Kurdish state

Secretary of State John F. Kerry extended his sweep through a reeling Iraq Tuesday, stopping in the northern city of Irbil, where a top powerful Kurdish political leader warned that recent advance of Sunni extremists has created "a new reality and a new Iraq." Published June 24, 2014

emissary: U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, left, met with U.S. Marines during his visit to the Baghdad Monday. Mr. Kerry told Iraqi leaders that any potential U.S. airstrikes in the country must specifically target ISIL to avoid Sunni civilian casualties. (associated press)

Pollster says Obama's solution for Iraq must be all-inclusive

A leading Iraqi pollster said the Obama administration's push for a cross-sectarian government in Baghdad will work only if it includes serious outreach to former Baathists, local Sunni tribal leaders and other armed groups who have the power to drive surging al Qaeda-minded extremists from the nation's western and northern regions. Published June 23, 2014

Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq. Tensions in the country have heated up as the extremist ISIL group has allied with more moderate, secular Sunni militant groups, many of whom are not even targets of U.S. operations. (associated press)

Sunni secularists blur picture of ISIL; targets for airstrikes hard to see

The surge of an al Qaeda splinter group in Iraq over the past month has depended heavily on support from more secular Sunni factions in the nation, which challenges the Obama administration's policy of making distinctions between extremists and moderate militants in the region. Published June 22, 2014

Volunteers train at a military base in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, on Tuesday after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Signs emerged of a reprisal of a sectarian slaughter in Iraq. Police said pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen detainees after insurgents tried to storm a prison northeast of Baghdad. (Associated Press)

Iraqi Shiites take a stand against Sunni extremists heading for Baghdad

The Sunni extremist militants rampaging through northern Iraq faced fierce gunbattles against forces aligned with Iraq's Shiite prime minister roughly 40 miles northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, as evidence emerged of mounting sectarian and reprisal violence between the nation's divided Muslim populations. Published June 17, 2014

ISIL militants slaughter 1,700 Iraqis in mass execution

The al Qaeda-inspired Sunni extremist group surging in Iraq over the past week now claims to have massacred hundreds of Shiite Muslim men taken captive from the nation's government security forces. Published June 16, 2014

** FILE ** Iraqi Shiite Muslims venerate Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a man of influence in Iraq who is revered as well as by Shiites around the world. He is now 81 years old and has lived in seclusion for years. (Associated Press)

Top Shiite cleric calls on Iraqis to take up arms against Sunni militants

The battle lines for sectarian war in Iraq appeared to harden Friday as the nation's most-revered Shiite Muslim cleric called on all Iraqis to take up arms against the al Qaeda-inspired Sunni extremists who have seized control of several Iraqi cities and towns this week. Published June 13, 2014