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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

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Benjamin Netanyahu in trouble in Israel elections as economy trumps Iran

Despite the buzz generated by his Iran speech to Congress last week, polls show Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is increasingly likely to be ousted in elections Tuesday by voters who say he overplayed the threat from the Islamic republic while ignoring economic problems closer to home. Published March 11, 2015

Zhang Chunxian, the Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang province, claimed Tuesday that an unspecified number of Uighurs have "fled overseas and joined the Islamic State." "We have also found that some who fought returned to Xinjiang to participate in terrorist plots," Mr. Zhang said. (Associated Press)

China warns that Uighurs joining Islamic State fight are bringing terror home

A key Chinese official claimed Tuesday that ethnic Uighurs who once fought with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have returned with plots to attack China, an assertion that quickly drew scrutiny in Washington but underscored the increasingly global reach of the extremist outfit that has drawn more foreign fighters than any other jihadi movement in decades. Published March 10, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, CIA Director John Brennan speaks during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the spy agency, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable, enhance the agency’s cyber capabilities and shore up espionage gaps exacerbated by a decade of focus on counterterrorism.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

CIA creates new office to counter cyber threats

The Central Intelligence Agency is creating a new directorate focused on cyber operations as part of major structural reorganization the agency announced Friday to, in part, "leverage the digital revolution" across U.S. intelligence missions worldwide. Published March 6, 2015

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, bottom center, gives three cheers with a national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the March First Independence Movement Day, the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)

Seoul hopes to build U.N. headquarters, peace park near North Korea's DMZ

An influential lawmaker here says President Park Geun-Hye's government is putting its weight behind an initiative to bring a new U.N. regional headquarters to South Korea, along with an "international peace park" that could be built on land inside the highly sensitive Demilitarized Zone that has divided the nation from North Korea since 1953. Published March 2, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee to deliver the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

James Clapper: Half the world's stable countries 'at risk of instability'

Breaking sharply with Secretary of State John F. Kerry's far sunnier assessment just a day before, the Obama administration's intelligence czar told Congress on Thursday that political instability and state-sponsored mass killing are at their "highest rate" in decades, and the U.S. still faces ominous challenges from China, Russia, cyberterrorists and the continuing turmoil in the Middle East. Published February 26, 2015

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper (Associated Press)

James Clapper, intel chief: Cyber ranks highest on worldwide threats to U.S.

President Obama's top intelligence official pointed to a range of threats facing America Thursday, from the surge by Sunni Muslim extremist groups in the Middle East, to the pursuit of nuclear weapons by Iran and North Korea, to the push by Russian and Chinese operatives to penetrate Washington's clandestine national security community. Published February 26, 2015

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS, retired Gen. John R. Allen prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to examine the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

General overseeing fight says Iraqis, Kurds defeating Islamic State

President Obama's top adviser overseeing the coalition fighting the Islamic State said Wednesday that "significant gains" have been made against the Islamist group, and claimed that Kurdish Peshmerga as well as Iraqi military forces will be able to defeat the group on the ground despite skepticism in Washington about their readiness. Published February 25, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Kerry has implored skeptical senators not to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran before a deal can be crafted, but he's certain to get another round of questions about the sensitive talks from members of the House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

John Kerry's shock claim: Cold War was simple compared with Islamic State fight

Secretary of State John F. Kerry drew heat from from one Republican lawmaker Wednesday when he said the task of providing American leadership in the world is far more complicated today than it was during the Cold War era — particularly in the face of religious extremism emerging in the post-Arab Spring Middle East. Published February 25, 2015

Saying "Iran will not get a nuclear weapon," Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran. He testified that U.S. policy is to prevent such a scenario. (Associated Press)

John Kerry defends Iran nuclear talks as dissidents claim proof of Tehran deception

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran in the face of mounting bipartisan scrutiny from lawmakers Tuesday — even as an Iranian dissident group claimed to have fresh proof that Tehran has lied to world powers about its drive to obtain a nuclear weapon. Published February 24, 2015

In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a debate on a vote of confidence for his choice for the new minister of Science, Research and Technology, Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, in an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran blockbuster: Group claims proof of secret nuclear facility

Claiming that Iran's government has been lying for years to U.N. nuclear inspectors, a prominent Iranian dissident group on Tuesday asserted that scientists in the Islamic Republic have actually been running a secret uranium enrichment operation at a facility buried deep beneath the ground in the northeast suburbs of Tehran since 2008. Published February 24, 2015