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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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Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Masoud Barzani's resignation leads to Kurdish infighting

Friction between Iraqi Kurdish political factions soared Monday, a day after longtime regional leader Masoud Barzani announced his resignation following weeks of turmoil surrounding his failed push for an independent Kurdistan. Published October 30, 2017

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani smile before a meeting, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool) (Associated Pres)

Feuding Arab states back U.S. sanctions of Yemeni

Qatar joined other Arab powers Wednesday in a U.S.-backed push to level fresh sanctions against individuals and organizations accused of financing the Islamic State and al Qaeda in Yemen -- an unexpected shift by the tiny Persian Gulf nation that has been diplomatically blackballed by its Arab neighbors for allegedly supporting terrorists. Published October 25, 2017

Iman Osman, a Tunisian woman who escaped from the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria, was detained by the Kurdish anti-terrorism units. Western governments have tacitly handed down guidance to the forces uprooting the remnants of Islamic State in Raqqa and beyond on how to handle their citizens who joined the extremist group by the thousands. (Associated Press/File)

Thousands of Islamic State fighters return to home countries; Russia No. 1 source

Thousands of foreign fighters who flocked to fight with Islamic State in its Syrian and Iraqi strongholds have returned to their home countries as the terrorist group's territory shrinks, according to an extensive survey from a private security-intelligence firm, which also found that Russia has been the No. 1 source country of foreign fighters. Published October 24, 2017

In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria. (Militant website via AP, file)

Russia is No. 1 source country for ISIS foreign fighters: Report

Russia has been the No. 1 source country of foreign fighters for the Islamic State, according to a new report by a private security-intelligence firm, which also claims that thousands of the terror group's fighters have returned to their home countries after losing territory in Syria and Iraq. Published October 24, 2017

Hillary Clinton is accused of direct involvement in suspected corruption involving a 2010 uranium deal with Russia. (Associated Press/File)

FBI informant's testimony sought as Clinton-Russia uranium case re-emerges

A controversial 2010 deal that cleared the way for a Kremlin-backed company to gain control of a huge chunk of America's uranium supply is getting new scrutiny as a Capitol Hill inquiry gears up to probe the Obama administration's suspected silencing of an FBI informant who reportedly had information on high-level corruption by Russian nuclear officials who engineered the deal. Published October 23, 2017

U.S. programming in Arabic may soon see overhaul

The stylistic look of the U.S. government's Arabic-language news operation in the Middle East is outdated. Neither the programming nor the social media push behind it is aggressive enough to sway Arab public opinion about America's position in the region. Published October 19, 2017

The Sawab Center, which started in Washington but is run by the United Arab Emirates government, uses often-violent videos designed to scare Muslims away from extremism.

Muslim-run messaging center wages cyberwar on Islamic State

Inside a nondescript building here, moderate Muslims have been waging a bare-knuckle information war against the Islamic State for the past two years, establishing deep contacts with Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to scrub jihadi propaganda from the internet. Published October 19, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with President Obama in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2016 in this file photo. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Putin's rage triggered by Obama's moves

In interview after interview with top U.S. intelligence officials and foreign diplomats about the downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations, one date keeps resurfacing: January 2012. Published October 18, 2017

The Tunisian flag flies as the sun is seen during an eclipse in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of the world on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Tunisian leader says economic success critical to survival

The tiny North African nation of Tunisia has overcome tremendous security odds to uphold a fragile democracy since 2011, but it now needs serious economic growth to thrive as the lone success story of the otherwise ill-fated Arab Spring. Published October 15, 2017

A man with 'yes' shaved into his hair chants through a speaker in the streets of Irbil after polling stations closed on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The Kurds of Iraq were voting in a referendum on support for independence that has stirred fears of instability across the region, as the war against the Islamic State group winds down. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Tensions soar between Kurds and Baghdad

Fears of a new civil war in Iraq -- pitting the autonomous Kurdish region against the Iraqi central government -- reached new heights Friday, with both sides engaging in tense troop movements around the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Published October 13, 2017

Lebanese Shiite supporters of Hezbollah cry as listen to the story of Imam Hussein, during activities marking the holy day of Ashoura, in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Ashoura is the annual Shiite Muslim commemoration marking the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the 7th century. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

U.S. officials ramp up rhetoric against Iran-backed Hezbollah

U.S. officials elevated their public condemnation of Hezbollah on Tuesday, adding two of the Iran-backed terror group's top operatives to a special State Department most-wanted list and asserting that all of the group's factions -- even those holding political office in Lebanon -- are part of the same terrorist operation. Published October 10, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said over the weekend that no single move by Mr. Trump could cause a total unraveling of the deal that Iran reached with the former Obama administration, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. (Associated Press).

Iran's hard-liners hit back as Trump weighs nuclear deal fate

As Iranian leaders weigh how to respond to President Trump's expected move to decertify the 2015 nuclear deal, hardliners in Tehran are seizing the moment of uncertainty to target Washington with a new dose of harsh rhetoric. Published October 9, 2017

Qatar, which hosts Washington's most strategic military base in the Persian Gulf and sits atop some of the word's largest proven natural gas reserves, is the target of an economic and diplomatic blockade from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. interests at risk in Arab allies' bitter feud

While the Trump administration attempts to cool tempers in the nasty row dividing some of America's closest allies in the Middle East, officials in the United Arab Emirates say the crisis is likely only to escalate. Published October 4, 2017