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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 ** In this photo taken on May 24, 2012, Spanish reporters Javier Espinosa, right, and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, left, pose for a photo during the ceremony of the Miguel Gil journalisms awards in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish newspaper El Mundo says one of its reporters and a freelance photographer are being held hostage in Syria by a group linked to al Qaeda. (AP Photo/Joan Borras)

Number of journalists kidnapped more than doubled in 2013: report

The number of journalists kidnapped while working in various corners of the globe more than doubled over the past year — with 87 occurring during 2013, compared to 38 in 2012 — according to an annual assessment released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders. Published December 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is greeted by Deputy Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, right, after he arriving at Riyadh Air Base on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Secretary Hagel made a brief stop in Saudi Arabia to meet with military officials and the Crown Prince.  (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

U.S. downplays Saudi prince's criticism of Obama's Middle East policies

The State Department downplayed the appearance of mounting geopolitical friction between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia on Monday — a day after the former head of Saudi intelligence assailed the Obama administration's shifting policies in the Middle East and accused Washington of waffling on Syria and Iran. Published December 16, 2013

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, center, is surrounded by lawmakers during an open session of parliament to submit next year's budget bill, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Rouhani said Sunday that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief.  The proposed budget covers Iran's fiscal year that starts March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam)

Top Treasury aide: Pressure will rise on Iran despite nuke deal

A top Treasury official said Tuesday that sanctions pressure on Iran will actually "continue to mount" over the coming months under a new nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and other world powers, despite Secretary of State John F. Kerry's assertion that the U.S. "will suspend certain sanctions." Published December 11, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to testify about the Iran Nuclear Deal at a hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Democrats join GOP in grilling Kerry over Iran deal

President Obama's new nuclear deal reached last month with Iran faced bipartisan criticism as Secretary of State John Kerry gave his first defense of the agreement on Capitol Hill. Published December 10, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama finishes speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 16, 2013, about the Boston Marathon explosions. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter

A growing clutch of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle is publicly countering the Obama administration's portrayal of al Qaeda as an organization on the run, saying that an evolving network of the terrorist group's affiliates now may pose as grave a threat to the U.S. as its predecessor did a decade ago. Published December 8, 2013

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, gestures during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right center, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Biden, who is on the first leg of his three-nation Asian tour, met Abe, whose government is pressing the U.S. to more actively take Japan's side in an escalating dispute over China's new air defense zone above a set of contested islands in the East China Sea. (AP Photo/Toru Yamanaka, Pool)

U.S., Chinese diplomats talk air defense zone ahead of Biden visit

Leading up to Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Beijing this week, senior U.S. diplomats have engaged in a series of direct conversations with their Chinese counterparts to protest the Chinese military's attempt to carve out a new air defense zone in the East China Sea. Published December 3, 2013

**FILE** In this photo released Nov. 24, 2013, by the Iranian Students News Agency, Iranians wave their national flag as they hold a poster of President Hassan Rouhani, while welcoming Iranian nuclear negotiators upon their arrival from Geneva at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran. The sanctions relief offered to Iran by the U.S. and five world powers is meager in the context of the economy of a nation of nearly 80 million people, but by boosting morale in the business community it has already begun to get the gears of commerce turning again in Iran. (Associated Press/ISNA, Hemmat Khahi)

State mulling whether to invite Iran to upcoming Syria talks

Following this month's breakthrough in talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program, the U.S., Russia and other world powers are now discussing whether to invite representatives from the Islamic republic to an upcoming peace conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war. Published December 2, 2013

Election strengthens Honduran military's hand

Conservative candidate Juan Hernandez's victory this week in Honduras' presidential election poses a potentially dangerous role for the military in the crime-riddled Central American nation, regional analysts say. Published November 28, 2013

A B-52 bomber flies over the Pacific Ocean. (Image: U.S. Air Force)

U.S. B-52 bombers buzz China's expanded airspace as dispute with Japan escalates

In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday responded angrily to news that two U.S. B-52 bombers had flown over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the islands. Published November 26, 2013

** FILE ** Secretary of State John Kerry listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

John Kerry heads to Geneva for Iran nuclear negotiations

Secretary of State John F. Kerry departed Washington on a hastily scheduled trip to Geneva on Friday evening, as anticipation mounted over the possibility that a deal between the U.S., Iran and other world powers over Iran's disputed nuclear program may be imminent. Published November 22, 2013

Muslim students stand in the rubble of an Islamic seminary that was hit by a suspected U.S. drone strike in Hangu district in Pakistan on Thursday. If confirmed, the missile strike outside of the northwest tribal areas would be a rarity. (Associated Press)

Drone strike on Pakistani seminary reignites debate

A rare U.S. drone strike on an Islamic seminary outside Pakistan's tribal areas — where most past strikes have occurred — is fueling a heated international debate on the Obama administration's commitment to limiting civilian casualties. Published November 21, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Florida Republican, accompanied by Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Taking on tea party, Rubio warns of 'disengaged' foreign policy

Eager to set himself apart from tea party figures in his own party skeptical of U.S. interventions abroad, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warned Wednesday that it would be a grave "mistake" if the United States disengaged from world affairs during the years ahead. Published November 20, 2013

National Security Agency Deputy Director John C. Inglis testifies as the Senate Judiciary Committee questions top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. After NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing the NSA's monitoring of American's telephone records, Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced legislation that would increase congressional oversight of the program.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top deputy defends NSA spying programs

The top deputy at the National Security Agency defended the organization's spying activities Tuesday, asserting that despite damaging leaks and media attention during recent months the agency's secretive operations exist only under close scrutiny from officials across the government. Published November 19, 2013