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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

Afghan security personnel gets the area under control after Taliban fighters stormed a government building in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, May 12, 2014. Taliban fighters stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan after killing two police guards on Monday, the most serious in a wave of attacks marking the start of the insurgents' annual spring offensive. In the Taliban heartland in the south, an attack on a police checkpoint in Helmand province killed several policemen.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Al Qaeda runs shadow army in Afghanistan; Taliban on verge of surge

Al Qaeda is operating a "shadow army" inside Afghanistan to conceal its numbers and the scope of its operations, while the Taliban is on the verge of major resurgence as U.S. military forces prepare to depart, former senior Pentagon officials and leading counterterrorism analysts told Congress on Tuesday. Published May 20, 2014

In this photo taken on Monday, May 19, 2014.  Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she display her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria. More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Borno on April 14. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the act. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Hill to hear from survivor of Boko Haram terror

A 15-year-old Nigerian girl will appear on Capitol Hill Wednesday to tell lawmakers the harrowing story of how she survived when three armed men belonging to the shadowy Islamist group Boko Haram murdered her father and brother in front of her at point-blank range. Published May 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announces a criminal indictment against five Chinese military hackers for cyber espionage at a press conference at the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington on May 19, 2014. The five hackers are identified as Wen Xinyu, Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui and are charged with targeting U.S. corporations and labor organizations for commercial advantage. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

China whacks Justice Dept.'s 'ungrounded and absurd' hacking charges

China slammed the U.S. Monday for indicting five Chinese Army officials on hacking charges, saying Washington's move was "ungrounded and absurd" and that Beijing is responding by halting participation in joint cyber talks pursued by officials from both sides over the past year. Published May 19, 2014

Indicted: Five members of an elite Chinese army group have been charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. accuses them of hacking U.S. corporations and labor organizations. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. hacking indictments escalate tension with China

The Justice Department's indictments of five Chinese army officials accused of hacking U.S. companies escalated cybersecurity tensions between Washington and Beijing on Monday and opened what some analysts and U.S. lawmakers called a new phase in the confrontation between the world's two most powerful nations. Published May 19, 2014

Two Russian banks, including Bank Rossiya, the lender that was put on the U.S. Treasury's sanctions list, said Visa and MasterCard have stopped providing services to them. Bank Rossiya is a private bank owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, considered to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's longtime friend and banker. With about $10 billion in assets, Rossiya ranks as the 17th-largest bank in Russia and maintains numerous ties to banks in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. (Associated Press)

U.S. corporate giants fear blowback from sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

The Obama administration claims it can use economic sanctions to punish Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, but the strategy has quickly run into problems, say analysts, who note that too aggressive a move by the White House could result in blowback on major American companies with close ties to the Russian economy. Published May 13, 2014

The pro-Russian gunmen surrounded a military base in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday and said they were holding negotiations with commanders inside to ensure that they did not join forces with government-allied groups. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Echoes of Russia's Crimea strategy seen in Slovyansk, Odessa

Moscow's strategy in the eastern Ukrainian of Slovyansk and Odessa is "identical" to how it precipitated the swift annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in March, the Obama administration's top official on the region said Tuesday. Published May 6, 2014

A pro-Ukrainian self defense unit performs weapons exercises at  their training ground outside Donetsk, Ukraine. Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, proposed legislation that would call on President Obama to provide the Ukrainian military with "direct military assistance." (associated press)

Republicans push for bill to allow military aid to Ukraine

A group of Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing military aggression in Eastern Europe. Published May 4, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks to reporters in Chattanooga on Feb. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

Senate GOP bill pushes Obama to get tougher on Putin, Russia

A group of influential Senate Republicans called on the Obama administration Wednesday to take more aggressive steps toward containing Russian President Vladimir Putin and preventing Russian military aggression in Eastern Europe. Published April 30, 2014

Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert wrote a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki on Tuesday, citing reports that officials at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System had kept a "secret list" of patient requests in order to conceal the fact that some patients were being made to wait more. "As a direct result of such practices, the deaths of over 40 veterans have come to light," they wrote in the letter. (associated press photographs)

Outrage growing over Phoenix VA patient treatment

The scandal surrounding a Phoenix veterans hospital widened Tuesday when three Arizona congressmen called for the resignation of the facility's leaders amid allegations that at least 40 veterans died while waiting for medical appointments — and that administrators intentionally buried information about the monthslong wait times. Published April 29, 2014

** FILE ** In this Sept. 14, 2012, file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. Consulate's burnt-out buildings during a visit by Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif, not shown, to the U.S. Consulate to express sympathy for the death of the American ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens and his colleagues in the deadly attack on the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

Emails on Benghazi show aides' effort to make Obama look 'statesmanlike'

A clutch of newly released White House emails provides the clearest evidence to date that top presidential aides sought to use anti-American protests sweeping across the Middle East in 2012 — as well as the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack — to push an image of President Obama's foreign policy as "steady and statesmanlike," just weeks before his re-election. Published April 29, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin
(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Russia's main weapons exporter gets a pass in new round of sanctions

Russia's main weapons exporter Rosoboronexport, a state-owned company currently being paid by the Pentagon to support U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, emerged unscathed Monday as the White House and its European allies added new sanctions against Moscow. Published April 28, 2014

Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, during a press conference following the announcement of an agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah, at Haniyeh's residence in Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Hamas and Fatah made a new attempt Wednesday to overcome the Palestinians' political split, saying they would seek to form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by general elections by December at the earliest.  It was not clear how the new attempt announced Wednesday would succeed where previous ones failed, since the fundamental difficulties remain in place. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Rival Palestinian's unity deal a blow to struggling Mideast peace process

U.S. and Israeli officials slammed the unity agreement announced Wednesday by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, saying it would strain whatever thread of hope was left in the ailing Israeli-Palestinian peace process that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has sought to foster over the past nine months. Published April 23, 2014

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., reacts to supporters as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at an American Federation of Teachers Union rally in Cincinnati Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Hillary Clinton blamed in USAID memos outlining chaos in Afghanistan aid

Top officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development repeatedly cited former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for setting into motion a policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan, resulting in millions of dollars in U.S. funds going directly into the corrupt Afghan ministries. Published April 20, 2014