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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.

He can be reached at

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An investigator looks at a Black SUV that was involved in a police shootout with suspects, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif.  A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

San Bernardino killers erased digital presence day before the attacks

The Muslim husband and wife behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino began erasing their digital footprint a day in advance of the deadly attack, deleting email accounts, disposing of hard drives and smashing their cellphones, according to law enforcement investigators who are treating the probe as a counterterrorism case. Published December 3, 2015

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, left, introduces David Bowditch, assistant director in charge of the FBI LA Field Office, at a press conference near the site of yesterday's mass shooting on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 in San Bernardino, Calif. A heavily armed man and woman dressed for battle opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers Wednesday, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Authorities move toward terrorism as motive in San Bernardino rampage

Law enforcement authorities edged closer Thursday to the conclusion that the Muslim husband and wife team that carried out the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, may have been radicalized by Islamic extremists either in the U.S. or during trips the couple made to the Middle East, including to Saudi Arabia. Published December 3, 2015

Former Sens. Jon Kyl (left) and Joe Lieberman are releasing a report, "Why American Leadership Still Matters," through the American Enterprise Institute. They point to developments around the world over the past two years to show "just how much is at stake when America pulls back." (Associated Press)

Former Sens. Kyl, Lieberman say U.S. has left dangerous power vacuum around world

The world needs the U.S. to lead -- and not just from behind -- according to a report by two influential former senators, who argue that political pressure on the Obama administration from the far left and far right for America to disengage from the world has created a power vacuum that unpredictable and unsavory actors are all too eager to fill. Published December 2, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant. (Associated Press/File)

'Top secret' Iranian committee lying to nuclear inspectors, dissidents warn

Iran is deliberately trying to deceive U.N. inspectors in charge of implementing last summer's nuclear deal, according to a prominent Iranian dissident group, which claims that Tehran has created a "top-secret committee" to provide false information to the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency. Published December 2, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at United Nations headquarters on Sept. 26, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Dissidents claim Iran has 'secret committee' to deceive nuke inspectors

Iran is deliberately trying to deceive U.N. inspectors in charge of implementing last summer's nuclear deal, according to a prominent Iranian dissident group, which claims that Tehran has created a "top secret committee" to provide false information to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Published December 2, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, listens to his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif prior to their meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran to hit 'jackpot' with sanctions relief, GOP lawmaker claims

While a key Republican on foreign policy says Iran about to hit the "jackpot" of sanctions relief, a former top Obama administration counterterrorism official argues that Iran can be trusted to not use money for expanding its military proxy and terrorist-support operations in the Middle East, asserting that Tehran makes "rational calculations about advancing its interests." Published December 2, 2015

NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Breedlove (center) speaks with Czech Army General Petr Pavel (left) and French Air Force General Denis Mercier as the mutual-defense organization considers admitting Montenegro, a move Moscow says reverts to a Cold War policy of "containing" Russia. (Associated Press)

Montenegro invited to join NATO, a move sure to anger Russia, strain alliance's standards

NATO formally invited Montenegro into the alliance on Wednesday in a move likely to further roil relations between Russia and the West -- even as some critics on both sides of the Atlantic assert the tiny Balkan nation has failed to meet political and rule of law standards that were once mandatory for membership in the world's most powerful military club. Published December 1, 2015

Saudi pilots involved in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State targets sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 24. (Associated Press)

Obama anti-ISIS coalition crumbles as Arab allies focus elsewhere

The major Arab powers once deemed essential to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have largely pulled back from the U.S.-led military campaign, undercutting the Obama administration's claims about the depth and reach of the coalition it has built with allies in the region. Published November 30, 2015

Former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi hopes for tribal harmony. (Associated Press)

Shiite government in Iraq reigns at other tribes' peril

Despite the installation of a new U.S.-backed Shiite prime minister in Baghdad more than a year ago, the Iraqi central government's treatment of the nation's Sunni majority still has not improved. Published November 26, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the deployment of S-400 missiles in Syria as he and other officials in Moscow escalated a war of words with Ankara after Tuesday's shootdown, which Turkey claims was justified on grounds that two Russian fighters ignored repeated warnings to change direction after entering Turkish airspace. (Associated Press)

Putin orders missiles to Syria-Turkey border to defend Russian jets

Russia announced plans Wednesday to deploy long-range surface-to-air missiles at its air base near the Syria-Turkey border to destroy any target that threatens its warplanes in the area — an angry response to Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet, which raised fears of a direct clash between Russia and NATO. Published November 25, 2015

A woman holds a poster reading "Turkey to account!" as others wave Russian and Syrian national flags during a picket at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's decision to down a Russian jet near the Syria border a "stab in the back." (Associated Press)

Russian jet shot down by Turkey ramps up Syria tension

The downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey raised the complex tensions around Syria's multisided civil war to new heights Tuesday, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to take a more aggressive leadership role in the conflict to head off a further escalation between Moscow and Ankara. Published November 24, 2015

Soldiers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum in Paris in 2015. (Associated Press photographs) ** FILE **

Ringleader of Paris attacks killed, but his travels worry intel experts

European and U.S. intelligence officials expressed alarm that the supposed architect of the deadly Paris attacks last week was able to slip so easily back and forth between Syria and the heart of Western Europe, even as French officials confirmed Thursday that the Islamic State terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud had been killed in a raid in a Paris suburb. Published November 19, 2015

President Obama speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Associated Press)

Putin's help in Islamic State fight seen likely to come with strings attached

Western sanctions and international outrage over the invasion of Ukraine were supposed to leave Russian President Vladimir Putin isolated and weakened on the world stage, but that was before the surge of international attacks by the Islamic State found President Obama and other Western leaders suddenly in need of Moscow's help. Published November 18, 2015

This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who grew up in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood of Belgian capital. Abaaoud  was identified by French authorities on Monday as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks Friday in Paris.

Questions surround supposed Paris assault mastermind

The Belgian man of Moroccan descent fingered by French authorities as the mastermind of the Paris attacks is believed to be operating from Syria with the Islamic State, but U.S. officials say his ties to the terror group's leaders are unclear and that other jihadis, based in Europe, likely also played central roles in plotting the attacks. Published November 16, 2015

CIA Director John Brennan listens during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in this Dec. 11, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) ** FILE **

CIA boss takes tougher stance against ISIS than Obama

Taking a noticeably darker tone than President Obama, CIA Director John O. Brennan warned Monday that the Paris terrorist attacks were not "a one-off event" and that intelligence officials anticipate the Islamic State has other sophisticated plots "in the pipeline." Published November 16, 2015

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris hosted a national service Sunday to remember the victims of the Friday terrorist attacks. By Sunday night, as French military forces pounded the Islamic State's self-styled capital in Raqqa, Syria, officials in Belgium had detained seven people in connection with the attacks. (Associated Press)

Islamic State's sophistication in Paris terror attacks shakes West

The Paris terrorist attacks featured three separate teams backed by a support network stretching across several European nations -- bearing a level of operational sophistication and capability that Islamist terrorists have not shown in the West in the decade or so since al Qaeda's four-plane Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and the four-bomb London transport attacks of 2005. Published November 15, 2015