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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

** FILE ** A Sunni gunman fires his machine gun during clashes that erupted between pro- and anti-Syrian regime gunmen, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Thursday, May. 23, 2013. (AP Photo)

Russia supplying weaponry to Syria's Assad; EU lifts ban on aiding rebels

The Obama administration responded sharply to Russia's announcement Tuesday that it will proceed with the delivery of sophisticated weapons to embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad despite the administration's attempts to get Moscow's help toward peacefully resolving Syria's civil war. Published May 28, 2013

 ** FILE ** Thomas R. Pickering (Associated Press)

Pickering complies with House request for Benghazi interview

The career diplomat who led the internal State Department probe into the Benghazi terrorist attacks has agreed to a private, transcribed interview with investigators from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which had issued a subpoena after his initial resistance. Published May 22, 2013

**FILE** House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, questions Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013, about the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, listens at left. (Associated Press)

House panel urges Obama to expand sanctions on Iran

A key House panel pushed through legislation Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to significantly broaden U.S. sanctions on Iran, just as the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency released a report saying the Islamic republic's nuclear program had made measurable advances. Published May 22, 2013

** FILE ** In this March 1, 2013, file photo Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., participates in a news conference at an airport in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Senators call on Obama to arm Syrian opposition

President Obama faces mounting bipartisan pressure for the U.S. to become more deeply involved in Syria's civil war, with a key Senate panel pushing through legislation Tuesday that would clear the way for the administration to supply weapons to rebels fighters in the Mideast nation. Published May 21, 2013

** FILE ** Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Freedom of religion scarce in Iran, China

Declaring that "freedom of religion is a core American value," Secretary of State John F. Kerry Monday released his department's annual worldwide religious freedom report, which found "worrying" and "negative trends" around the globe. Published May 20, 2013

**FILE** Libyans watch a Sept. 21, 2012, protest in Benghazi, Libya, against Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias. (Associated Press)

Obama takes security measures, but Benghazi questions still loom

The Obama administration is trying to move beyond Benghazi, saying Monday that it has tightened security at diplomatic posts and created an official position to ensure "high-threat" missions are properly protected — but House Republicans are pressing on with investigations into the Sept. 11 attack. Published May 20, 2013

** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri)

Republicans weigh risks, benefits of select committee on Benghazi

House Republicans want their party leaders to name a special committee to take control of the inquiry into the Benghazi terrorist attack, but House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, has resisted — largely, analysts say, because the long-term political risks of a high-profile probe could outweigh any short-term benefit. Published May 19, 2013

**FILE** An Iranian goldsmith shows Iran's gold coins at a gold market in the main old Bazaar of Tehran on Jan. 26, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama administration looks to cut Iran's access to gold

Democrats appeared eager Wednesday to poke holes in the seriousness of President Obama's vow to deter Iran from developing a nuclear warhead, raising tough questions about whether the White House is squeezing hard enough on sanctions against the Islamic Republic's economy. Published May 15, 2013

A man who the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) claims is Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, is pictured at FSB offices in Moscow early on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/FSB Public Relations Center)

Russia employs Cold War-era flair in spy charge against U.S. diplomat

The Obama administration responded cautiously to the very public detention, then release by Russian authorities, of an American diplomat accused of spying in Moscow, saying that the U.S. remains committed to close relations with Russia and downplaying the possibility of retaliation against Russian intelligence agents in the U.S. Published May 14, 2013

Chinese authorities are believed to be inflicting "harassment and abuse" on family members to Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist living in the United States. (Associated Press)

John Kerry urged to pressure China over treatment of Chen Guangcheng's family

In a letter written Friday and released to the public Monday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed concern to Secretary of State John F. Kerry over "harassment and abuse" that Chinese authorities are believed to be inflicting on family members to Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist living in the United States. Published May 13, 2013

Vice Chairman Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, speaks as State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and Gregory Hicks, senior diplomat in Libya, and Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya, testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill on May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Defensive Dems reject Benghazi 'misperceptions'

Democrats said Friday this week's dramatic House oversight committee hearing on the Benghazi terror attacks had created "potential misperceptions" among the public, charging Republicans had "attempted to distort and manipulate" the record at the hearing. Published May 10, 2013

** FILE **  House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio (Associated Press)

Boehner sees proof of Benghazi cover-up in Obama administration emails

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday called on President Obama to release a cache of emails that Republicans say clearly prove senior White House and State Department officials sought to mislead the American public about the Benghazi terrorist attack during last year's election campaign. Published May 9, 2013

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed Sept. 11 during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

Obama's Libya pick vows to press Benghazi probe

President Obama's nominee to be the next ambassador to Libya vowed Tuesday to keep up the hunt for those responsible for the September attacks that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi. Published May 7, 2013

South Korea President Park Geun-hye lays a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. She meets with President Obama on Tuesday at the White House.
(associated press)

Obama, South Korea's Park are likely to temper any tensions

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and President Obama no doubt will look to project a unified front when the two leaders meet Tuesday at the White House to discuss how best to address the North Korean nuclear threat. Published May 6, 2013

**FILE** Libyans gather Sept. 12, 2012, at the gutted U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack the previous day that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. (Associated Press)

Benghazi investigations included CIA activities; personnel had secret base in Libyan city

Raising the stakes in the high-profile clash with congressional Republicans over last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, a person familiar with the State Department-chartered inquiry said investigators talked last year with CIA personnel who were on the ground during the attack and were briefed about the CIA's activities at their secret base in the Libyan city. Published May 2, 2013