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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.

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"Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame," Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told fighters in an audio recording, according to Agence France-Presse. (Associated Press)

Islamic State leader's message a sign of trouble for terrorists, Pentagon says

An audio recording purportedly circulated this week by reclusive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be proof that communications have broken down between the terrorist group's top leaders in Syria and its rank-and-file fighters in the besieged city of Mosul, the Pentagon said Thursday, as coalition forces continued their advance on Iraq's second-largest city. Published November 3, 2016

This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. Al-Baghdadi released a new message late on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, encouraging his followers to keep up the fight for the city of Mosul, which they are defending against Iraqi government forces, the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. organization that monitors militant activity online said Thursday. (Militant video via AP, File)

Pentagon won't verify recording by ISIS leader

A recording purportedly from the Islamic State's shadowy leader circulated through the international media Thursday, calling on the terror group's fighters to hold their ground as campaigns mount against territory held by the group in Syria and Iraq. Published November 3, 2016

Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen is accused of orchestrating the coup attempt last year of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Associated Press/File)

Post-coup crackdown widens in Turkey; opposition paper targeted

A top European Union politician and leading human rights group slammed the government of Turkey on Monday for shuttering more than a dozen private media outlets and arresting 11 journalists at a key opposition newspaper. Published October 31, 2016

A Christian adjusts a candle next to wording 'Peace' drawn with rose petals during a candlelight vigil for the victims of an overnight attack on the Quetta Police Training Academy, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing dozens of people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gun battle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISIS takes credit for Pakistan attack that killed dozens of police cadets

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for an attack in Pakistan that saw masked gunmen raid a police training college a day earlier, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 100, the majority of them law enforcement cadets in the South Asian nation. Published October 25, 2016

Doctors threatened for speaking of supply deficit

The Venezuelan government is using "intimidation or violence" to silence critics of its failure to address spiraling food and medical shortages, Human Rights Watch said Monday — a day after the socialist nation's parliament vowed to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nicolas Maduro. Published October 24, 2016

clouded: Islamic State fighters have ignited oil wells outside Mosul to create a smokescreen for U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces. A successful liberation of Iraq's second-largest city would bolster President Obama's legacy of leading from behind. (Associated Press)

Obama hoping for quick Mosul victory to validate Islamic State strategy, boost Clinton

With the fight for Mosul entering its second week, the Obama administration is under pressure to declare victory over the Islamic State, a win the White House says would validate the president's strategy of waging proxy wars against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria days before Americans head to the polls. Published October 23, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) received a warm welcome from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. Mr. Duterte's visit is part of a charm offensive aimed at seeking trade and support from the Asian giant by setting aside a territorial dispute. (Associated Press)

'Separation' talk perplexes U.S. officials as Philippines court China, Russia

Relations between two longtime allies hit a new low Thursday as American officials scrambled to react to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement in Beijing that he was pursuing a "separation" from the United States and moving closer to China and Russia, asserting that Mr. Duterte's remarks were "inexplicably at odds" with the close alliance between Washington and Manila. Published October 20, 2016

Kurdish security forces take position overlooking the Islamic State-controlled villages surrounding Mosul on Monday, the beginning of what Pentagon officials say could be a drawn-out operation to liberate Iraq's second-largest city from Islamic State control. (Associated Press)

Mosul offensive 'ahead of schedule,' but fears of wider regional war mount

On Day One of the long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, U.S.-backed Kurdish and Iraqi forces advanced swiftly through Islamic State-controlled territory around Iraq's second-largest city — even as concerns mounted over the prospect of a chaotic battle that could unleash a wider sectarian and regional war. Published October 17, 2016

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump the debater gets tough reviews overseas

The rest of the world saw pretty much the presidential debate American pundits did, with many foreign critics saying Republican Donald Trump proved less than ready for prime time but faulting Democrat Hillary Clinton for failing to put away her less experienced foe. Published September 27, 2016

Pakistan and India face tension after an attack earlier this month on an Indian military base in Indian Kashmir that left many soldiers dead. (Associated Press)

Pakistan says India risks 'self-destructive war' by escalating Kashmir tensions

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Pakistani official in the volatile dispute over Kashmir warned in an interview that India is dangerously escalating a war of words over the divided territory between the two nuclear-armed powers, vehemently denying that Islamabad was behind a recent attack that killed 18 soldiers at an Indian military base there. Published September 26, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who lived above a restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey, praised Osama bin Laden in his journal and promised "bombs will be heard in the streets." (Associated Press)

Bombing suspect wanted to punish America for targeting Muslim warriors

The New York-area bomb suspect's journal referred to "Brother Osama Bin Laden" and said that -- if Allah allowed it -- bombs would be "heard in the streets," according to federal charges that say Ahmad Khan Rahami sought to punish America for targeting Muslim warriors around the world. Published September 21, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, was arrested after a shootout with police on Monday in Linden, New Jersey. Authorities were trying to unravel what has become a confusing new chapter in America's war on terrorism. (Associated Press)

FBI had file on Rahami two years ago, report claims

The FBI created a file on New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami two years ago, but decided not to open a formal investigation into the U.S. citizen of Afghan descent after determining that he showed no signs of being a "radicalized" extremists, according to a report Tuesday. Published September 20, 2016