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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 gtaylor@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Guy Taylor

Russia is building up its submarine forces in Asia, and Moscow's military forces are seeking increased influence in the Arctic region, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia, Adm. Samuel Locklear testified to the House Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

Finland fires on suspected Russian submarine in waters off Helsinki

Six months after a Russian sub lurking off the coast of Stockholm triggered Sweden's biggest naval mobilization since the Cold War, Finland said Tuesday that its military had fired underwater depth charges at a suspicious vessel in waters near Helsinki. Published April 28, 2015

Islamic State Christians execution video displays cinematic sophistication

The Islamic State's latest mass-beheading video might seem like guerrilla camera work shot on a desolate Libyan beach. But a closer look reveals a level of cinematic sophistication that U.S. officials and one American filmmaker say likely involved rehearsals and perhaps even multiple takes to pull off successfully. Published April 20, 2015

China building runway on manmade South China Sea island

New satellite images reveal that China is building an airstrip for its military on a manmade island in a hotly contested maritime area, a move that raised alarm bells for U.S. officials and for U.S. allies in the region. Published April 17, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, holds a new conference before leaving to the United States at Baghdad airport, Iraq, Monday, April 13, 2015. The prime minister is making an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama for more help in defeating the Islamic State militants, hoping recent gains in the fight fueled by U.S. airstrikes will encourage more investment from a war-weary United States.  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In D.C., Iraq, Saudi tensions on Yemen spill out into open

In a sign of the difficult diplomacy and conflicting alliances the Obama administration is trying to manage in the Middle East, the Saudi ambassador and the Iraqi president traded barbs in Washington on Wednesday over Riyadh's campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. Published April 15, 2015

Saudi Arabian Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference at Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, about the Saudi's military campaign in Yemen. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are mulling whether to hold a joint military exercise in the kingdom as airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition are continuing to pound Shiite rebels in Yemen. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Saudi envoy says Riyadh committed to fight against al Qaeda

Saudi Arabia remains committed to the fight against the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda, even as Saudi forces battle Shi'ite Houthi rebels who have overrun much of the country, Riyadh's ambassador to Washington insisted Wednesday. Published April 15, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry talked with Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman's minister of foreign affairs, during a meeting of Persian Gulf delegates in March. Oman helped kick-start secret nuclear talks between Tehran and Washington in 2013. (Associated Press)

Oman uniquely suited for Middle East peacemaker role amid rising tensions

Discreet and strategically located, the small sultanate of Oman helped kick-start secret nuclear talks between Tehran and Washington in 2013. Now many in the U.S. and the Middle East say the Persian Gulf nation, a neutral safe haven in Shiite-Sunni clashes raging across the region, may hold the key to defusing Saudi Arabia's clash with Iran-backed rebels in Yemen before it erupts into all-out war. Published April 9, 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took issues with key points on the framework of a nuclear deal including sanction relief and inspector access. (Associated Press)

Ayatollah’s doubts place cloud over Iran nuke deal

First they were for it. Then they were against it. Then they were for it again. Now, Iran's Supreme Leader, speaking publicly for the first time Thursday on the matter, seems to be against key elements of it. Published April 9, 2015

Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias hold a demonstration against a film and a cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

Libya rejects U.S.-led offensive against Islamic State, seeks aid

Libya's top diplomat in Washington wants aggressive U.S. support in containing the Islamic State's rise in her nation but strongly rejects the idea of an American-led bombing or ground offensive, saying it would just make things worse. Published April 5, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, walks through a courtyard at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program appeared headed for double overtime on Wednesday, beset by competing claims after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline for the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Iran, U.S. allies strike agreement on nuclear deal

The U.S., Iran and other world powers have agreed on the basic outline for a final nuclear deal to be hammered out by the end of June, but they are still debating how much of it to make public, said officials participating in the marathon talks in Switzerland. Published April 2, 2015

Negotiators: Secretary of State John F. Kerry grabbed British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond for a chat before a press conference Thursday announcing a long-awaited framework for Iranian nuclear activity. Also attending were Federica Mogherini of the European Union and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (Associated Press)

Obama, allies hail Iran nuclear deal as critics slam concessions

President Obama and other world leaders on Thursday hailed what they said was a breakthrough accord setting the stage for a historic agreement that will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, even though Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium under the agreement and the schedule for easing international sanctions remains to be negotiated. Published April 2, 2015

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

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

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

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