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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

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

Critics say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is orchestrating the government's deeply unpopular policies, such as stepping up military actions against Kurdish forces and cracking down on the media and opposition groups. (Associated Press)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party re-secures majority in Turkish vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's nationalist and Islamist political party pulled off a stunning victory in the nation's snap election Sunday, winning enough seats to again secure dominance over parliament just five months after losing its long-held majority. Published November 1, 2015

Observers say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doubling down on the heavy-handed tactics that have kept him in power for the past 12 years even if his ruling party fails again Sunday to secure a majority. (Associated Press)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan determined to retain power regardless of Turkey election results

Turkey's second general election in five months is unlikely to resolve the nation's deep political crisis, as observers say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doubling down on the heavy-handed tactics that have kept him in power for the past 12 years even if his ruling party fails again Sunday to secure a majority. Published October 28, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes his seat for a meeting in Vienna, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Kerry and his Russian, Saudi and Turkish counterparts met in Vienna on Friday, seeking to revive a moribund effort to end Syria's civil war. (Carlo Allegri/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

U.S. relents, Iran to attend Syria talks

Iran will be at the table for the first time as diplomats from the United States and other world powers gather in Vienna Thursday for new talks aimed at ending Syria's civil war, marking the end of a long effort by Washington to freeze out Iran because of Tehran's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published October 28, 2015

Security in Libya has reached a new low in recent weeks, and the dire situation made its way into Hillary Rodham Clinton's hearing Thursday before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton says Libya chaos shows consequences of U.S. withdrawal from unstable places

While all eyes in Washington watch the clash between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Republicans over events in Benghazi four years ago, chaos reigns in Libya, where two separate governments battle for control. Islamists are in control in the capital city of Tripoli, and Islamic State militants are expanding their hold on cities and towns across the country. Published October 22, 2015

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to meet with President Obama Thursday, where they will discuss the future of Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Afghanistan's future on the table as Obama, Sharif to meet

Islamabad's growing nuclear weapons arsenal, its deepening relations with China and the prospect of a homegrown Pakistani drone war against extremists along the Afghan border will all be on the table when Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits the White House on Thursday. Published October 21, 2015

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., testifies during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this July 9, 2015, file photo. The top U.S. military officer landed in Iraq Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, to get an update on the battle against Islamic State militants, saying he sees no prospect right now for Russia to expand its airstrike campaign into the war-torn country.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

U.S. wary as Iran, Russia step up Iraq role

The visit to Iraq this week by new Joint Chiefs of Staff head Gen. Joseph Dunford comes at a pivotal moment for the Obama administration's tacit strategy of cooperating with Iranian proxies against the Islamic State in the nation, even as officials in Baghdad claimed a key oil refinery had been retaken from the jihadi forces on Tuesday. Published October 20, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad talking with soldiers with during Syrian Arab Army day in Darya, Syria. (AP Photo/Syrian Presidency via Facebook, File)

Cuban military chief reportedly visits Syria in support of Assad regime

The head of Cuba's armed forces recently traveled to Syria, according to a Miami-based research group that claims a cadre of defense officials from the communist island have been dispatched to join Russia's growing military operations in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Published October 14, 2015

In this image posted on the Twitter page of Ahrar al-Sham on Aug. 13, 2015, fighters from Ahrar al-Sham prepare weapons ahead of an attack on Islamic State group positions in Aleppo province, Syria. The group has vowed to defeat what it calls Russian "occupation" of Syria after Moscow began launching airstrikes on insurgents last week. (Ahrar al-Sham Twitter page via AP) ** FILE **

Obama shifts Syria policy as Russia takes lead role

With President Obama's Syria policy under new scrutiny as Russia takes a lead role in the conflict, administration officials said Friday that they will now scrap the Pentagon's still-born program for training a "moderate" Syrian opposition rebel force -- an effort that has cost millions over the past year but produced only a handful of combat-ready fighters. Published October 9, 2015

Russian naval ships launched cruise missiles Wednesday as President Vladimir Putin's military bombarded parts of Syria by air, land and sea, claiming Islamic State militants were the targets. (Associated Press)

Congress investigates U.S. intelligence failures on Russian aggression in Syria

Key lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees have begun probing whether the CIA and other U.S. spy agencies failed to clearly predict the scope of Russia's military incursion into Syria -- an intervention of fighter jets, ground troops and dozens of cruise missiles fired across some 930 miles from warships in the Caspian Sea. Published October 8, 2015