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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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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

"The debate on science and the debate on politics as far as climate change is concerned is over," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. "Still, the Republican Party, they are not convinced." (Associated Press)

Ban Ki-moon declares climate change debate 'over,' calls Paris deal his greatest achievement

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that his greatest achievement at the helm of the world's biggest international organization was last year's climate change accord in Paris, and he expressed open frustration that Republicans in the U.S. continue to obstruct President Obama and to politicize the subject. Published September 15, 2016

"It is essential to cut the financial links between ISIS leadership and operations in the so-called 'caliphate,'" said Juan Zarate, who was a national security adviser for President George W. Bush. (Associated Press)

U.S. expert sees gaps in halting terror financing, advises a crackdown

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration has dented the Islamic State's money-making operations with airstrikes against the terror group's oil-smuggling empire and blacklisting its known financial facilitators from the international banking system. Published September 14, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wears a pilot's jacket which was presented to him during his "Talk with the Airmen" on the anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. On Monday, President Duterte, in his first public statement opposing the presence of American troops, said he wants U.S. forces out of his country's south and blamed America for inflaming Muslim insurgencies in the region.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Duterte's moves, comments on Obama raise fears for U.S. ties

A day after calling for the withdrawal of American troops from his nation, firebrand Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he does not want the Philippine Navy to engage in joint patrols of disputed waters in the South China Sea with the U.S. — despite an agreement struck by his predecessor just months ago. Published September 13, 2016

Rep. Michael T. McCaul of the House Committee on Homeland Security said President Obama's policies have failed to dent the Islamic State. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Michael McCaul blasts 'willfully blind' Obama for enabling Islamic State 'terror surge'

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration oversaw the 2011 takedown of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden but has since failed to confront honestly the more dangerous rise of the Islamic State, according to the Republican head of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who worries that the president's "tone-deaf" posture toward Islamist terrorism has damaged the intelligence community's own assessment of the new group. Published September 11, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting with governors in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, Turkey's education ministry says 11,285 of its personnel have been suspended amid suspicions they may be linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish rebels. (Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)

Turkish leader calls for U.S.-Turkey 'joint operation' in Syria

EXCLUSIVE: A key political ally of Turkey's president says defeating the Islamic State in Syria will require U.S. troops joining Turkish military forces on the ground inside the war-torn nation -- a move that would require a significant shift in the Obama administration's current policy. Published September 8, 2016