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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.

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Articles by Guy Taylor

Saudi pilots involved in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State targets sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 24. (Associated Press)

Obama anti-ISIS coalition crumbles as Arab allies focus elsewhere

The major Arab powers once deemed essential to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have largely pulled back from the U.S.-led military campaign, undercutting the Obama administration's claims about the depth and reach of the coalition it has built with allies in the region. Published November 30, 2015

Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi hopes for tribal harmony. (Associated Press)

Shiite government in Iraq reigns at other tribes' peril

Despite the installation of a new U.S.-backed Shiite prime minister in Baghdad more than a year ago, the Iraqi central government's treatment of the nation's Sunni majority still has not improved. Published November 26, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the deployment of S-400 missiles in Syria as he and other officials in Moscow escalated a war of words with Ankara after Tuesday's shootdown, which Turkey claims was justified on grounds that two Russian fighters ignored repeated warnings to change direction after entering Turkish airspace. (Associated Press)

Putin orders missiles to Syria-Turkey border to defend Russian jets

Russia announced plans Wednesday to deploy long-range surface-to-air missiles at its air base near the Syria-Turkey border to destroy any target that threatens its warplanes in the area — an angry response to Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet, which raised fears of a direct clash between Russia and NATO. Published November 25, 2015

A woman holds a poster reading "Turkey to account!" as others wave Russian and Syrian national flags during a picket at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's decision to down a Russian jet near the Syria border a "stab in the back." (Associated Press)

Russian jet shot down by Turkey ramps up Syria tension

The downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey raised the complex tensions around Syria's multisided civil war to new heights Tuesday, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to take a more aggressive leadership role in the conflict to head off a further escalation between Moscow and Ankara. Published November 24, 2015

Soldiers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris. The Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris was killed Wednesday but intelligence officials are alarmed that he was able to slip so easily back and forth between Syria and the heart of Western Europe. (Associated Press photographs)

Ringleader of Paris attacks killed, but his travels worry intel experts

European and U.S. intelligence officials expressed alarm that the supposed architect of the deadly Paris attacks last week was able to slip so easily back and forth between Syria and the heart of Western Europe, even as French officials confirmed Thursday that the Islamic State terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud had been killed in a raid in a Paris suburb. Published November 19, 2015

President Obama speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Associated Press)

Putin's help in Islamic State fight seen likely to come with strings attached

Western sanctions and international outrage over the invasion of Ukraine were supposed to leave Russian President Vladimir Putin isolated and weakened on the world stage, but that was before the surge of international attacks by the Islamic State found President Obama and other Western leaders suddenly in need of Moscow's help. Published November 18, 2015

This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who grew up in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood of Belgian capital. Abaaoud  was identified by French authorities on Monday as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks Friday in Paris.

Questions surround supposed Paris assault mastermind

The Belgian man of Moroccan descent fingered by French authorities as the mastermind of the Paris attacks is believed to be operating from Syria with the Islamic State, but U.S. officials say his ties to the terror group's leaders are unclear and that other jihadis, based in Europe, likely also played central roles in plotting the attacks. Published November 16, 2015

CIA Director John Brennan listens during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) ** FILE **

CIA boss takes tougher stance against ISIS than Obama

Taking a noticeably darker tone than President Obama, CIA Director John O. Brennan warned Monday that the Paris terrorist attacks were not "a one-off event" and that intelligence officials anticipate the Islamic State has other sophisticated plots "in the pipeline." Published November 16, 2015

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris hosted a national service Sunday to remember the victims of the Friday terrorist attacks. By Sunday night, as French military forces pounded the Islamic State's self-styled capital in Raqqa, Syria, officials in Belgium had detained seven people in connection with the attacks. (Associated Press)

Islamic State's sophistication in Paris terror attacks shakes West

The Paris terrorist attacks featured three separate teams backed by a support network stretching across several European nations -- bearing a level of operational sophistication and capability that Islamist terrorists have not shown in the West in the decade or so since al Qaeda's four-plane Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and the four-bomb London transport attacks of 2005. Published November 15, 2015

Soldiers stand on the tarmac of the Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, as part of a security reinforcements, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Paris attacks show high level of sophistication, was kept secret

The coordinated Paris attacks required a level of operational sophistication that Islamic extremist terrorists have not shown in Europe since the London suicide attacks in 2005 when four separate bombs, detonated in quick succession, targeted civilians on mass transit in the British capital. Published November 14, 2015

Secretary of State Kerry speaks on U.S. strategy in Syria and the Middle East before heading back to Vienna for more talks on how to resolve the crisis, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at the Peace Institute in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John Kerry: Syria talks shrouded in uncertainty

Secretary of State John F. Kerry says the Obama administration will not step back from its demand that the Assad regime relinquish power in Syria, but he simply does not know whether Russia and Iran -- the regime's top backers -- will accept the mandate. Published November 12, 2015

Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party cheer as they watch the results of the general election outside the party's headquarters Monday. (Associated Press)

Suu Kyi's party wins overwhelmingly in historic Myanmar elections

Vote tallying was still going on Monday night, but Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition leaders were claiming an overwhelming victory in the nation's historic elections -- a development likely to expand opportunities for trade and diplomacy with the U.S., as concerns persist over the Southeast Asian nation's human rights record. Published November 9, 2015

Polls suggest American voters are increasingly wary of the Obama administration's response to the wars in Syria, Iraq and Libya, which have killed more than a quarter-million people and spawned a vast refugee crisis stretching into Europe during recent years. (Associated Press)

Obama pushes military frustration to highest level in decades

Key lawmakers from both parties say frustration with the White House among the top military officers is at its highest level in decades, the product of President Obama's cautious approach to the wars in Syria and Iraq and an indecisive inner circle of White House advisers who, critics say, have iced the Pentagon out of the policymaking process. Published November 5, 2015

In this photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Douma Revolution, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, people gather near damaged buildings, in the aftermath of an airstrike that activists said was carried out by Russia, in Douma, Syria, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (Douma Revolution via AP)

U.S. says 90 percent of Russian strikes hitting Syria's moderate opposition

While Moscow asserts that its military campaign in Syria is aggressively targeting the Islamic State, a top U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that as much as 90 percent of strikes carried out by the Russian fighter jets over the past month have actually hit moderate opposition rebels groups in the war-torn nation. Published November 4, 2015

Kurdish peshmerga forces have proved to be the most formidable fighters against the Islamic State group. (Associated Press/File)

Kurds plead for peshmerga gear and ammunition to fight Islamic State this winter

Kurdish peshmerga fighters who have proved the most effective force against the Islamic State have not been paid for the past three months and badly need winter gear and ammunition if they are to hold ground seized from the extremists over the past year, a top Kurdish intelligence official said Tuesday. Published November 3, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Islamic State may have taken down Russian plane in Egypt, James Clapper says

America's top spy said Monday there is not yet any "direct evidence" that terrorists took down the Russian charter flight over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, but he would not rule out the possibility that the Islamic State -- also known as ISIL -- has the capability to shoot a plane out of the sky in the region. Published November 2, 2015