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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

Drones are about to be used for much more than military missions, and states already are preparing. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

7 al Qaeda fighters killed amid surge of drone strikes in Yemen

Seven suspected al Qaeda militants were killed Wednesday by a drone strike in southern Yemen, the latest in a significant uptick of counterterrorist strikes reportedly being carried out in the Mideast nation by the Obama administration. Published November 12, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Associated Press)

U.S. presses to determine if it killed Islamic State leader in strike

U.S. and Iraqi officials were scrambling Sunday night to determine the extent of injuries suffered by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi amid conflicting reports that the terrorist leader had been wounded over the weekend by an airstrike in Western Iraq. Published November 9, 2014

The Republican takeover of the Senate may pave the way for Sen. John McCain (left) and other GOP foreign policy hawks like Sen. Lindsey Graham to try to play "back-seat driver" to the White House, but at the end of the day, "if the president doesn't want to do what they push for, that's entirely up to him," said one senior congressional aide. (Associated Press)

Republican Senate takeover gives neocons, war hawks bully pulpit

Republican insiders say legislation already is in the works to pressure the White House into expanding the war against the Islamic State and increasing pressure on Russia and Iran, as the GOP takeover of the Senate provides neocons and war hawks with their first bully pulpit since the end of George W. Bush's presidency. Published November 6, 2014

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. A report by Iran's official news agency quotes the country's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, saying the Islamic Republic needs more nuclear power plants, just after it struck a deal regarding its contested nuclear program with world powers. Salehi said Iran is in serious talks with several countries including Russia to build four more nuclear power plants.(AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

GOP likely to fall short of votes to reject potential Iran nuclear deal

Republicans controlling both houses of Congress will have new license to pressure the Obama administration on foreign and national security policy, but congressional sources and analysts say it remains unlikely the GOP will have the power to play spoiler if the White House decides to accept an Iranian nuclear deal that allows Tehran to continue enriching uranium. Published November 5, 2014

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, people look at bodies of Sunni fighters after they were shot by a group of gunmen on a main street of the town of Hit, 85 miles (140 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic state group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings, including the deadly attack on police Col. Mohammed Hassan and his son in mid October, have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. (AP Photo)

U.S. condemns Islamic State for 'brutal' executions in Iraq

The State Department strongly condemned "brutal actions" of the Islamic State Friday, following reports that group carried out a mass execution of moderate Sunni Muslim tribesmen who had fought back against the extremists in Iraq's western Anbar province. Published October 31, 2014

Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias pushed back against media reports that Greece has detected six Islamic State recruits traveling through. "We've been monitoring a lot of guys that pass by. But there was no arrest of jihadists in Greece," he said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Terror issues loom large in Greek official Kikilias' Washington visit

It is "too early to tell" whether the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State will work, says a top Greek national security official who was in Washington this week to discuss how his nation can better coordinate with the U.S. to track extremist foreign fighters between Europe and the Middle East. Published October 30, 2014

People watch smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rising outside Kobani, Syria, from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Syria airstrikes spur White House infighting over benefit to Assad

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted outright Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the Obama administration has for years called for the removal of, is now benefiting from the administration's strategy of bombing Islamic State targets inside Syria. Published October 30, 2014

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim holds a news conference at International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

World Bank president, Obama at odds over China global lending project

The Obama administration-appointed president of the World Bank says he feels in no way threatened by — and instead fully supports — China's creation of a massive infrastructure investment bank, despite the administration's tireless behind-the-scenes attempts to smear the project. Published October 26, 2014

Jim Yong Kim, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next World Bank President, stands in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2012. Kim is currently the president of Dartmouth College. (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

World Bank chief Kim acknowledges staff dissent over changes

The World Bank’s president acknowledged for the first time publicly on Friday internal clashes at the international lending institution, where hundreds of rank-and-file economists and staffers have walked off the jobs in recent weeks to protest what they say is management secrecy over budgets cuts and a massive structural reorganization. Published October 24, 2014

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft takes off for a night mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 30, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Val Gempis) ** FILE **

U.S., allies scramble jets almost daily to repel Russian incursions

Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense assets on a nearly daily basis in response to air, sea and land incursions by Vladimir Putin's forces. Published October 23, 2014

War Loot: Islamic State militants rummage through a cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. The weapons were meant to supply Kurdish forces battling the extremist group in Kobani, Syria, but "now they are spoils for the mujahedeen," one militant said. (Associated Press)

Islamic State among 'best-funded' terrorist groups on earth: Treasury Dept.

With the exception of a handful of state-sponsored militant groups, the Islamic State is likely the "best-funded terrorist organization" Washington has ever confronted, raising roughly $1 million a day from black market oil sales, $20 million in ransoms over the past year and millions a month through extortion rackets in Syria and Iraq, the Treasury Department's top official tracking terrorist financing said Thursday. Published October 23, 2014

Extreme punishment: Public hangings of convicted criminals in Iran have risen to more than 66 per month since Hassan Rouhani, portrayed as a moderate reformer, became president in August. Rights advocates say international law is being violated. (Associated Press)

Iran executions surge amid U.S. nuclear talks

Iran's abuse of human rights, including the hangings of hundreds of dubiously convicted citizens — in several cases minors — has soared over the past year, even as the Obama administration has yielded to Tehran's demand for an extension in precarious international talks over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear program. Published October 14, 2014

Turkish officials on Monday denied the existence of a deal to allow U.S.-led forces battling the Islamic State to conduct operations from bases inside Turkey, such as Incirlik. This made for an awkward situation for National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, who announced such a cooperation ahead of an international strategy session. (associated press)

Turkey denies U.S. base deal in place for battle against Islamic State

Turkish officials on Monday denied the existence of a deal to allow U.S.-led forces battling the Islamic State to conduct operations from bases inside Turkey — an awkward blow for the Obama administration after National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice announced the cooperation ahead of an international strategy session in the fight against the extremists. Published October 13, 2014