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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

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Jan. 4, 2014, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Shakir Waheib, a senior member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the Islamic State group, left, next to a burning police vehicle in Iraq's Anbar Province. (AP Photo via militant website, File)

Qatar allows money to flow to Islamic State, other terrorists: report

The government of Qatar continues to willfully turn a blind eye to individuals channeling money to al Qaeda-affiliated groups across the Middle East, as well as to Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, despite joining a U.S.-led military coalition battling the group, according to a report released Wednesday by a think tank in Washington. Published December 10, 2014

Push Back: CIA Director John O. Brennan claims the interrogation techniques used by the CIA post 9/11 saved American lives. (Associated Press)

CIA refutes 'torture report,' says interrogation tactics thwarted terror plots

The CIA hit back angrily against the findings of the long-awaited "torture report" by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday by claiming that the techniques used on terror suspects after 9/11 yielded "valuable and unique intelligence" that helped disrupt future attacks and directly aided in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Published December 9, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, as she arrives to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Report suggests CIA misled DOJ on frequency of waterboarding

A Senate report on the harsh treatment of terrorism suspects during interrogation says evidence suggests the CIA used "waterboarding" on more than three detainees, contrary to what the agency has previously told the Justice Department. Published December 9, 2014

Ashton Carter, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, is expected to cruise through his confirmation hearings, though the GOP is preparing to hit at the president's security policy and lack of vision. (Associated press)

GOP to lash out at Obama during Ash Carter's confirmation hearings

Ashton Carter is expected to cruise to confirmation as the Obama administration's fourth defense secretary in just six years, even as Republicans prepare to use his confirmation hearing to hammer the president's national security policy for lacking organization and vision. Published December 7, 2014

Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said the NFL's domestic violence scandal has gone on "too long." (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

Feinstein readies release of damning report on CIA terror programs

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein is seeking to draw maximum media attention as she prepares the to release "over the coming days" of the panel's long anticipated and highly critical report on harsh CIA interrogation tactics used on terror suspects after the 9/11 attacks. Published December 5, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Russian President Putin has defended the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy, saying the actions are necessary for his country's survival. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Putin's push to reinstate Soviet power will grow, ex-CIA chief says

The former top CIA official is warning that even if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to measurably tone down his expansionist rhetoric in the near term, his push to grow Russia's influence over former Soviet states "seems only to have just begun." Published December 4, 2014

Image: Al Jazeera screenshot

John Kerry admits: U.S. wants Iran's help in bombing Islamic State

Secretary of State John F. Kerry effectively gave the green light Wednesday for Iran to use direct military force against the Islamic State movement in Iraq, but said there are no plans for U.S. forces to coordinate with their Iranian counterparts in battling the extremists. Published December 3, 2014

The Islamic State group, which has employed a broad range of strategies to subdue Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq, is pushing its war for a caliphate into North Africa. Younger jihadis in particular appear to be mimicking the militants' rhetoric and brutality. (Associated Press)

Islamic State spreading into northern Africa, alarming U.S.

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region. Published November 27, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks at a news conference following the secretary's visit to the Islamic Center of the San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) ** FILE **

Eerie lack of terror chatter this Thanksgiving, but feds keep 'vigilant'

U.S. authorities say there's no specific "chatter" indicating an imminent terrorist plot targeting the American homeland, but intelligence and law enforcement officials are staying vigilant around Thanksgiving — which arrives just weeks after the Department of Homeland Security cited an enhanced threat of "lone" wolf attacks in the United States. Published November 26, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that while Iran is currently keeping up its end of the nuclear deal amid U.S. sanctions, more work is ahead. (Associated Press)

Obama extension for Iran talks gives GOP opening to seek new sanctions

President Obama's willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran. Published November 24, 2014

Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, left,  talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton, director for operations, the Joint Staff, talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, prior to their testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Michele Flournoy emerges as front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel

President Obama's short list of possible replacements for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel includes Michele Flournoy as its front-runner, sources close to the administration said Monday, creating the possibility that the former undersecretary of defense for policy could become the first women to head the Pentagon. Published November 24, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Sunday. (Associated Press)

U.S., Iran may extend nuclear talks

U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran. Published November 23, 2014